Samara is a small neighborhood restaurant in the Sunset Hill neighborhood of Seattle with a menu that focuses on heritage breed animals, local produce, and biodynamic wines. This focus on simple ingredients was a driver that helped steer the design towards articulating simple and elemental materials to realize a beautifully composed space for dining.
▼餐厅外观，Restaurant exterior ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼吧台在顾客与厨灶之间建立了一种联系和亲密感，The bar creates a connection and intimacy between the customer and the kitchen stove ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼厨师吧台，The chef bar ©Kevin Scott Photography
With seating for 38, the space is intimate without feeling crowded. The chef’s counter, with seating for six, was critical to get right. It needed to be intimate and connected to the hearth but not feel like it put the chef on stage. More like being hosted at someone’s home than putting the staff on display. Even with Seattle’s reputation for rainy weather people still like to be connected to the outdoor neighborhood streetscape when dining so we organized the table layout next to new large operable windows at the front cozy corner of the restaurant. Realizing that space was just as valuable for those preparing the meals, as well as those enjoying them, the back of house remains uncluttered and creates a sense of purposefulness and ease.
▼餐厅设有38个座位，空间紧密却不拥挤，With seating for 38, the space is intimate without feeling crowded ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼餐厅内部大量使用了容易让人联想起森林的大地色调，The interior of the restaurant is heavily accented with earth tones reminiscent of the forest ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼时间的痕迹则会让建筑变得更有人情味和吸引力，Traces of time make buildings more human and attractive ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼餐厅使用了大量深色的橡木镶板和护墙板，The sapce is heavily paneled with dark oak and clapboard ©Kevin Scott Photography
We liken the dining atmosphere to a Dutch still life painting. It’s rich and moody with an elemental simplicity. The simple copper pot was an inspiration to us. Something utilitarian that only gets better with age and patina. We designed the space with this in mindknowing that the evidence of time in architecture makes spaces feel more human and inviting. We carried this theme throughout the restaurant with custom patinaed copper panels, custom patinaed copper pendants, handmade Danish bricks, a soapstone chefs counter and bar, and richly stained wood. All simple materials that will get better with age and use.
▼与餐厅气质相符的静物画，The still life painting that accords with dining-room temperament ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼静物画细部，Details of the still life painting ©Kevin Scott Photography
The design brief was to create a small, sophisticated, and intimate neighborhood corner bistro. Central to the restaurant is the multi-level wood-fueled grill and oven. The experience of the fire in the grill and oven permeates the space with a warm and smoky ambiance. The client, who was raised in Chicago, wanted to bring a little of the craftsman style that he loved to the design of the restaurant. As a result, the design feels reassuringly familiar and yet timeless.
▼烤炉细部与炊具，Details of the oven and the cooker ©Kevin Scott Photography
The material palette takes cues from charred wood and copper cookware. We chose copper as our metal over blackened steel or other more conventional metals because of its connection to cooking. Inside, rich earth tones dominate, bringing to mind a tranquil wooded understory. The dining area opens directly to the wood-fired grill, ensuring that guests have a front-and-center seat to the preparation of their food. Dark-stained oak paneling and wainscoting wrap a portion of the space and the bar front, while the balance of the space features a section of the building’s original firewall that was revealed during construction.
▼所有的墙体和门窗都保持了统一的色调，All the walls and doors and Windows have maintained a uniform tone ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼木质与金属元素的使用相得益彰，Wood and metal elements complement each other ©Kevin Scott Photography
Each ingredient and each element of the restaurants design are given full weight. It was paramount that the mission of Samara was to give the restaurant patrons a heightened sense of the ritual of enjoying a meal and their presence in the space. Keeping the elements, ingredients, and materials clear allows the patrons to be present and focused on their experience. This is also true for the client and staff to do their best work.
▼简洁的设计元素和来源清晰的食材，能让顾客更加心无旁骛地享受用餐的过程，Keeping the elements, ingredients, and materials clear allows the patrons to be present and focused on their experience ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼Samara的目的是让来此用餐的顾客拥有一种仪式感，It was paramount that the mission of Samara was to give the restaurant patrons a heightened sense of the ritual of enjoying a meal ©Kevin Scott Photography
▼餐厅平面图，Plan ©Mutuus Studio
Samara Restaurant: 6414 32nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Client: Chef Eric Anderson
Architect: Mutuus Studio 802 6th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134
Design team: Jim Friesz (Project Architect) ,Kristen Becker (Project Manager), Saul Becker (Lighting design / Materials fabricator), Danielle Farrell (Staff)
Contractor: Plumb Level Square
Photo Credit: Kevin Scott Photography