Boatyard Restaurant

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Restaurant Design

Housed in a ten thousand square foot, heavy timber frame, this nautical space served as the inspiration for this project. Skinned with cedar panels, the ‘Post and Beam’ architecture was articulated to create the spirit of the skeleton of a mighty steamer. The bar location, under the ‘bell tower,’ provided a 30’ expanse of soaring ceiling to create a Swarovski inspired crew oar sculpture. Salvaged crew oars, with original boat numbers and colors, are arranged around a black, spiral, steel frame as crystals draped on a delicate chandelier. This monolithic sculpture is nineteen feet tall and weighs in at just under a ton. The upscale waterfront theme continues with demising walls of ship rope and steel turnbuckles mortised into the floor. The design story required an authentic, re-purposed and yet sophisticated finish that presented a challenge in incorporating thematic elements while avoiding a final ‘theme venue’ feel.


February 19, 2016


Fort Lauderdale, FL

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