I was attracted to the project because the client had a clear vision of what he wanted his restaurant to be. As he explained his concept it became clear to me that his space should be a celebration of culture. Ramen is crazy important in Japan and it exists in this permanent juxtaposition of a high art form while maintaining everyday common man status. We wanted to evoke street markets, everyday commonality yet create a hip fun space that mimicked the spirit of creativity that the owner brings to his cooking.
We are excited about one of our latest projects; a new building in New Canaan’s village district. We successfully presented to the new Canaan Planning and Zoning Commision. Our involvement with this property began with master planning for Walter Stewarts Grocery a third generation family owned grocery store whose founder had hired a Victor Christ-Janer to design an original building that is still exciting today. When it came to designing a building next door we used Christ-Janer’s architecture as inspiration and our route to a historically rooted modern building.
Westport, Conn. is getting closer to its goal of providing 20 spaces for electric vehicles to plug into the solar system that they hope to install on the town’s Saugatuck Metro-North train station. Read More Here.
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At 5:44PM on the first day of spring, March 20, 2012, the kitchen at elm Restaurant in New Canaan hummed to life as it received an order from the dining room. This was no ordinary order, it was the restaurant’s first. The order ticket began…Appetizers – 1 grilled Spanish octopus, 1 citrus cured hamachi, 1 local lettuces from Millstone Farm, 1 roots, shoots, fruits and leaves, and 1 soft farm egg ravioli… elm was officially open. The outstanding staff that Chef Brian Lewis had assembled sprang to action. The months of planning, the weeks of training, the hours of preparation were now tested as the guests arrived and the orders placed. Read More