Wine Experience

Wine Experience

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

With a 1,500-square-foot tenant space near the Monterey Plaza Hotel, WRD Architects was able to create a vibrant and inviting space highlighting an innovative wine concept bar. The space is split into two distinct areas; an industrial workspace for blending different varietals of wine and a lounge and bar area for parties and casual conversation.

The back wall of the bar is made of reclaimed wood staves from used wine barrels and original barrel heads were customized with a wine-tap system for patrons. The bar is curved stainless steel evoking the feel of chardonnay fermentation tanks. The incorporation of LED lighting controls and digital control solutions support the dynamic environment’s needs.

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Water + Leaves

Water + Leaves

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects worked with a visionary owner to create a contemporary space for the first specialty tea and coffee shop on Monterey’s Fishermans Wharf.

The client’s passion for tea inspired the design process. Four high performance digital tea steepers maintain the optimal temperature, pressure and timing for each variety of tea. Several varieties of raw, local honey are displayed in six giant dispensers behind the counter.

The cafe’s commitment to sustainable, organic practices is reflected in the design. The exposed ceiling features natural wood while the new balcony addition and glass doors leading to it provide a clear, uninhibited view of the Monterey Bay. A mural near the balcony connects the Bay’s fishing industry with the owner’s own extended family.

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Hotel Abrego

Hotel Abrego

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects’ multi-phased expansion and remodel of this 56,000-square-foot property included the design of a new 29-room building in addition to the renovation of the existing hotel facilities to complement the historic architecture found in downtown Monterey. These improvements increased the hotel’s size, capacity and offerings to provide more revenue-generating opportunities.

The exterior and interior remodel of existing guest room units were modernized to match the Mission-style architecture and Craftsman detailing of the newer units. A total of 93 updated guest rooms include either a king bed or two queen beds with fireplaces. In addition to the room upgrades, WRD Architects designed 645 square feet of flexible meeting space.

WRD Architects also designed upgrades to the hotel’s outdoor amenities. Decorative metal gates, wood wall panels and lighting make the existing pool area more visible to guests while the new firepit, decorative tile finishes and cozy seating provide a warm, relaxing atmosphere.

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Scales

Scales

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

Scales showcases some of the Peninsula’s finest cuisine combined with the California Coast’s most impressive views.  The 22,000-square foot restaurant includes high ceilings with large bay windows from top to bottom where more than 300 diners can experience the harbor’s natural ebbs and flows.

With the help of WRD Architects, the co-owners and brothers Chris and Sabu Shake Jr.’s vision came to life.

“When we bring people in and lead them to their table we want them to know that they are being seated in the best seat in the house—all of them are,” said Sabu Shake Jr. “We have laid it out so that everyone has a great table and a comfortable one.”

The contemporary space is unique to the Wharf, providing an elegant and urban feel that stands out from the Wharf’s many nautical-themed shops and restaurants.

“Our clean design maximized the incredible views throughout the space,” said WRD Architects’ Principal Henry Ruhnke.

The building houses four main operations that cater to a wide range of guests’ needs – a seafood and steak restaurant, café, fish market, and gift shop.  Each space has a distinct visual identity, yet visitors can enjoy casual access to each operation.  The crown jewel is the restaurant’s bar, which is designed to reflect the ocean’s rich range of blue and grey tones with long vertical scales illuminated by pendant lights above.

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