SkB Architects is a Seattle-based studio that operates throughout the US. Their goal is to create meaningful spaces that offer multi-sensory experiences, contaminated by different cultures. SkB was an Architizer A+ Awards global finalist in 2018 with the design of Bellevue Wild Ginger restaurant in Washington.
The location of Wild Ginger’s new Denny Triangle takes inspiration from the façade created by SkB Architects for the recently completed Wild Ginger (Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington, USA). The design embodies an aesthetic that fuses the cultural influence of Asian style with contemporary design, creating a refined and elegant environment to celebrate moments of conviviality. The Denny Triangle covers an area of approximately 4600 square feet and can accommodate 140 people, including formal dining, exhibitions and bars. This venue will be the third full-service Wild Ginger to open in downtown Seattle.
For Denny Triangle, the design is an evolution of the restaurant’s brand, taking full advantage of the volume of the space, capturing the free and natural, rich and refined aesthetic. Rotating wooden slats at the edge float above the bar area and delineate the space between the restaurant and the 6 metres high ceiling. Above the central railing, 80 handmade Bocci light spheres are suspended on a customised steel frame. This spatial element gives definition to the space and reduces the sense of dispersion, succeeding in attracting attention not only from inside, but also from outside the restaurant. The direct connection to the kitchen enhances the dining experience and emphasises customer engagement.
Head designer and project managerKyle Gaffney said: “The Bellevue design represents the brand language inspired by South East Asia. At Denny Triangle, we use this language as a starting point, without creating an exact copy. Unlike Bellevue, which has a single façade facing the street, Denny Triangle has a central location that engages the neighbourhood more”. Natural materials are used throughout, including Indonesian wood for tables and bar counters, leather seats, patinated copper for wall coverings and granite tiles cut from rock, and matt, repainted concrete for the floors. Some walls have been decorated with hand-painted organic figures. The outdoor space has been renovated so that it can be used during the warmer seasons. The Roman shade on the exterior window wall refers to the sliding screen, which helps control the light in the restaurant.
Gaffney added: “We are very proud of the outcome of this project. Denny Triangle is a place full of positive energy – you can feel it, see it, smell it. The lantern-like bar is emblematic of this vibrant character.”