Award-winning adaptive reuse and restaurant concept
The design team’s concept was to reimagine an abandoned gas station along Islington Street in Portsmouth, NH into the new home of a very popular local eatery. The existing derelict site posed many challenges including limited potential uses and other constraints which has kept the site underutilized in a very busy part of the city.
The design solution focused on providing aesthetic enhancements to the existing station while deconstructing the canopy to allow for more daylight to the enclosed porch and interior seating areas.
Moving an established neighborhood restaurant to a purposeful location enables an efficient restaurant program and the design of outdoor seating and landscaping creates a community gathering space. The use of warm, natural wood plank siding compliments the dark metal of the existing steel canopy structure, while removable, translucent glass panels add pops of color and allow for extended seasonal seating.
This project was recognized by the AIANH with a 2019 AIANH Unbuilt Architecture Merit Award.AIANH Design Awards Jury Comments: The jury noted how well the deconstructed canopy worked in the design - adding a contemporary element that complimented the traditional neighborhood, commenting it was nicely resolved and reinvented. The jury further noted the opportunity for signage and spaces created as a result of the transformation were all incredibly well done.