Beverly Hills, CA
Client/Owner: H. Machida
Architecture and Interior Design:
Douglas Pierson (as partner with (fer) studio)
Chris Faulhammer, Project Associate
Structure: Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers
MEP: C Brion Engineering
Landscaping: Douglas Pierson (as partner with (fer) studio)
Renderings: David Turner
RIN Restaurant (translation: full circle) encompasses four stories of canyon-like space wedged between what was Beverly Hill’s Kate Mantellini’s restaurant and a mid-century modernist office tower.
Guests are greeted at the covered valet station, meander through an open air garden/lobby on the ground floor, make their way up to an outdoor roof garden on the mezzanine level, and finally arrive at the intricately arranged restaurant on the second floor, which features three separate kitchens and four dining areas.
The project opened up a brutalist 1950s concrete structure within the existing space to reveal light-weight cantilevered steel and glass elements. The interstitial mechanical floor between the offices above and the restaurant below allow the design to conceal the mechanical systems while exposing the structural elements.
The design embodies a minimalist approach linked to a centuries-old tradition of craft and simplicity. The indoor and outdoor environments are carefully blended so that the threshold between them disappears.