Bar Agricole

The winners of the 2012 AIA Design Awards are presented in the May/June issue of CA Home + Design Magazine. Winners are either located in San Francisco or designed by local firms. These Bay area architects are given the spotlight for their innovative designs ranging from parking spaces recast as parks to an office that balances work and life.

Bar Agricole, designed by Aidlin Darling Design is located in San Francisco's industrial South of Market district. The design was inspired by the sustainable agricultural roots of the restaurant's artisanal food and cocktail menu. It's currently in the process of becoming LEED certified.

Modern sky light design

Track lighting is a great way to add an even distribution of light while creating a chic, urban aesthetic. It can be used in commercial settings or residential, scale being the largest difference. Check out this idea to get the look above.

Two Rail Adjustable Ceiling Fixture

 

The illustration below demonstrates the architect's sustainable strategies and the detailed planning involved from the ground up.

 

Sustainable design

For example, there is a wood "hull" made from whiskey-barrel oak, which sits above the guests, giving intimacy and scale to the space while also providing openings for the sculptural light scoops. Bar tops, table tops and banquette seating (below) was made from reclaimed barn-beams.

Modern banquet seating

Small pendant lighting is a great way to illuminate each table top without taking away from the gorgeous wooded surroundings. This mini pendant below is a great way to get this look.

Piper Satin Nickel Tech Mini Pendant

 

If you live in the Bay area, make sure to stop by and see this award-winning design. You can feast on some deliciously fresh food too!

Images: AIA SF, Aidlin Darling Design