Berkeley, CA

For the third location of this small restaurant group based in San Francisco, Herbivore chose a space in the downtown Berkeley Fine Arts Building. Arcsine was challenged with introducing new design themes for this vegan restaurant and bar while responding to the art-deco inspired building and negotiating the structural difficulties of two existing concrete shear walls. Arcsine created a plan that included a casual dining and bar area beside an open kitchen. Interior windows of circular, colored glass form decorative wall elements and respond to the exterior windows. Arcsine selected organically-inspired light fi xtures, recycled concrete-glass countertops, sustainable cork paneling, and designed a custom willow branch art installation to refi ne and reinforce the restaurant’s theme of “the earthly grill.”