Gabi James Restaurant by Blanchard Fuentes Design

This is the new face of Gabi James Restaurant.

Project Specs


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​​​Signaled by Rivera Village’s multi-year, development plan, the dining establishment formally known as Zazou was to be rebranded and re-thought in anticipation of the upscale food trends fast approaching the area.



The existing store front, a classically derived 2 storied arcade would be stripped down to framing and retro-fit for expansive openings at the ground floor with a suspended ‘timber’ curtain enclosing the upper. A prefabricated carrying system of bolt-able steel struts and CNC milled aluminum angle was designed to suspend the new surface out from the existing building line. Tension-able steel tie-rods, connecting these systems would handle all associated vertical and lateral loading produced by the new design.


▼轴测图,perspective view


Responding to the cities call for walk street vibrancy on all new design proposals, we believed the new facade should play primarily the role of communicator at the street interface while offering a more private venue above. We worked on the frequency of the member to achieve this, spacing each cedar stave 1/2 distance apart from one another. Increased surfaces meant more reflectivity and shadow from southerly sun exposure while the spacing allowed for improved ventilation into the space.

▼夜景,night view

建筑师与Ana Henton合作,精心设计了一层的室内布置。从耐久性和美学方面考虑,设计师选取青铜色钢和白橡木作为建筑的基础材料。一扇多重卷帘门将用餐区和户外露台分隔开,另外在原有墙线的位置建筑师设计了无缝玻璃门作为入口。

这就是Gabi James餐厅的新面貌。

The interior of the ground floor was crafted in collaboration with designer Ana Henton. Bronzed steel and white oak were selected as the primary architectural finishes for durability and a time honored aesthetic. A large, multi-unit pocket door divides the main dining floor from the outdoor patio, while a seamless glass entrance is set back from the existing wall line.

This is the new face of Gabi James Restaurant.

▼用餐区域,dining area

▼灯具细节,detail of light

▼吧台,view of bar

▼材料细节,detail of material





Location:Gabi James Restaurant, Riviera Village, Southbay, CA
Project size: 3500 ft2
Site size: 3000 ft2
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 2

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