HOSPITALITY DESIGN: Multi-colored Slate Adds Flair to Restaurant Design
March 13, 2006
Fiery shades of slate were added to spice up P.F. Chang's China Bistro in Seattle, WA, and to contrast the preexisting sandstone floor
Situated in Westlake Center, in the heart of downtown Seattle, WA, P.F. Chang's China Bistro was designed with warm hues of sandstone and slate. The Restaurant Studio division of MBH Architects of Alameda, CA, and the design team at P.F. Chang's collaborated on the project.
According to Miriam Marchevsky, project manager of Restaurant Studio, the design goal was to â€œcomplement the vitality and energy of this destination city with an approachable design for stylish, yet comfortable dining.â€ She said that the restaurant incorporates contrasting textural elements of the existing site with the P.F. Chang's aesthetic. â€œThe restaurant features a curvilinear environment of rich, natural textures along with a warm inviting palette of colors and fabrics,â€ said Marchevsky.
An existing sandstone floor was re-used, and 6,000 square feet of 12- x 12-inch African Multi-Color autumn-colored slate tiles from American Slate Co. were added to the space as wall tile. Marchevsky describes the slate as having â€œa variety of warm earth tone hues with orange/fiery pieces.â€
The project manager said that a long colorful slate â€œanchor wallâ€ serves to create an interior visual connection between the two levels of the restaurant, which include the dining section below and bar area above. Slate was also used on walls at both entrances.
â€œStone played a very important role,â€ said Marchevsky. â€œThe fiery slate provided contrast to the 'crisp' floor and created a very warm feeling. It also served to unify the two levels of the restaurant, and is one of the main visual features in the space.
â€œThe African Multi-Color slate was chosen specifically for its fiery quality,â€ she continued. â€œWe felt that given the often gloomy weather in Seattle, it would serve as a beacon of warmth through the large exterior windows.â€
The design team at P.F. Chang's worked in conjunction with MBH Architects to choose the materials and evaluate the options. â€œThe existing P.F. Chang's aesthetic incorporates contrasting textural elements and evokes feelings of 'warm fuzzies',â€ said the project manager. â€œThis look is often achieved with the use of slate and stone veneer, mixed with rich woods, customs glass and colorful murals.â€
Since opening, the restaurant has been well received in the neighborhood, according to Marchevsky.
P.F. Chang's China BistroSeattle, WA
Architect: MBH Architects (Restaurant Studio), Alameda, CA, in conjunction with P.F. Chang's design team
Stone Supplier: American Slate Co., Walnut Creek, CA (African Multi-Color slate)