Situated in an historic warehouse built of concrete, steel and timber, which originally housed a steel foundry, Orson was celebrated chef Elizabeth Falkner’s destination lounge and restaurant in the SOMA District of San Francisco.

The space’s soaring ceilings and intact industrial mechanisms recall its past use. Within this envelope we created a variety of new architectural spaces and elements—some small and intimate; some large and social. A 30-seat, marble-topped oval bar anchors the main level.

Spatially dynamic and expressive of structure, materials and craft—like the chef’s food—the environment is creative and experimental, but also familiar and comfortable. The restaurant was built as a design/build project with Zack | de Vito Architecture.

Location: San Francisco, California

Architecture: Zack | de Vito Architecture

Photography: ©Bruce Damonte