Twenty Five Lusk, San Francisco Building, South of Market Design, Project, Image

Twenty Five Lusk San Francisco : South of Market

25 Lusk restaurant + bar, California, USA – design by CCS Architecture

May 27, 2011

Twenty Five Lusk Restaurant – Nominations

Twenty Five Lusk has been nominated for Best Restaurant in the AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards.

Voting closed on June 20th

Twenty Five Lusk has also been nominated for Best Restaurant in the International Hotel & Property Awards.

Address: 25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States

Phone: +1 415-495-5875

20 Jan 2011

Twenty Five Lusk

Location: Lusk Alley, South of Market, San Francisco, CA

Design: CCS Architecture

25 Lusk

Twenty Five Lusk - 25 Lusk San Francisco, South of Market

On Lusk Alley in San Francisco’s South of Market district, a 1917 smokehouse and meat-processing facility has been renovated to become Twenty Five Lusk.

The 265-seat new American restaurant and bar is an unexpected gem in the urban fabric. CCS Architecture crafted the two-level space, weaving graceful forms and sophisticated materials through the massive, historic, warehouse structure. The interior emphasizes a counterpoint between the new palette of polished stainless steel, glass, white plaster, leather, mirror, faux fur, and slate and the existing elements of brick, concrete and rough-sawn timber.

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photos by Paul Dyer, from CCS Architecture

The architects created a large, glass entrance, cutting into the existing building exterior; the canopy bends up at its leading edge to become the restaurant’s signage. Windows were enlarged and added along the façade to animate the interior with natural light and allow views.

Inside, a large wedge from the upper floor makes an open connection between the lower level lounge and the dining room upstairs. Entering the restaurant, guests take in simultaneous views of both.

The dining room is on the second floor, up a half-flight of stairs from the entry. The kitchen is a highlight on this level; a modern envelope of clear and black glass permits views of the chef action and reflects the activity of the dining room. A strategic mix of tables, banquettes, and booths provides seating for 120.

Pullman-style booths are built into the angled, low plaster wall that borders the cut-away, and cantilevered tables, made from richly patterned Macassar ebony, pierce the wall. Lighting reveals the original Douglas fir ceiling and creates a warm glow.

In the lower level lounge, seating zones extend the length of the space, each with a suspended, stainless steel fire orb. The orbs act as a focal point for each seating area, much like camp fires, and their reflective flues extend up through the restaurant’s open spaces to the ceiling 20 feet above.

Behind the large bar, the former Ogden Packing and Provision smoking rooms have been converted into intimate lounge areas. These semi-private, brick and concrete chambers are appointed with sumptuous sofas. The lower level features a 40-seat private dining room as well as a glass-enclosed wine room within the former freight elevator shaft.

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photos by Paul Dyer, from CCS Architecture

The architecture sets up a notable contrast between the dramatic vertical space and the single-height areas, allowing guests to experience the restaurant in its totality while providing intimate spaces to explore. CCS transformed the entire 15,000 square foot warehouse to accommodate new uses. Twenty Five Lusk occupies the first and second floors, and the third level has been designed as a 5200 square feet of creative office space.

Photographs : Paul Dyer; San Francisco, CA

Twenty Five Lusk San Francisco Restaurant + Bar images / information from CCS Architecture

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