Fireside Restaurant at the Arbutus Club

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Interior Design –– Eating Space
  • Company/Firm
    BOX Interior Design Inc
  • Lead Designer
    Jay Brooks
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    Cynthia Penner
  • Location
    Vancouver, BC Canada
  • Project Date
    June 2018
  • Construction Company
    Harrier Construction
  • Interior Designer
    BOX Interior Design Inc

Renovation of private members club full service, 4,200sf restaurant to increase member engagement. The room was to be gently animated, modern, and friendly for all.
Inspired by the mid-century building architecture and ‘80’s era blonde interiors, the South and west glazing was given a counterpoint of dark wood panels; balancing a fresh ambience with depth. The central fireplace draws diners to the flame.
Wine walls, pivoting wood/mirror panels, and materiality changes, subtly divide the space to create intimacy and sense of place. The new central bar location acts as the heart.
The original open sundeck was adapted to be four-season. Operable glass walls open for summer breezes while heated floors add comfort for Canadian winters. A two-sided fireplace between the custom-furnished patio and dining room is an evocative connection.
Materiality reflects the seaside locale. White oak, buff leather, pale lilac grey, and white stone are contrasted with smoked wood tones. The carpet is a stylized water pattern. Rounded furnishings balance geometric wall articulation for a space that is equally masculine and feminine.
Project success has lead to begin further facility F&B renovations.

BOX specializes in creating exceptional hospitality interiors. Established in 2002 by partners in life and business H. Jay Brooks and Cynthia Penner, the studio continues to build deep client relationships that create meaningful and effective environments.

Characterized by its joy for life and service, BOX values integrity, quality, transparency, uniqueness, and loyalty. Our imagination is tempered with thoughtfulness forging deep bonds with independent and flagged lifestyle and luxury clients throughout Canada and the USA.

Other prizes
-IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter: InAwards 2020 Design INworkplace - Best in Category for Coromandel Offices -IDIBC Award of Excellence, Fireside Restaurant 2019 -IDIBC R. Ledingham Award, Fireside Restaurant 2019 -VM+SD 2019 Honorable Mention Fireside Restaurant -IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter: InAwards 2017 Design INregion - Best in Category for Bar Oso -IDIBC (Interior Designers Institute of BC) Award of Excellence for Glowbal Telus 2016 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Bar Oso 2016 -IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter: InAwards 2015 Design in Hospitality - Best in Competition for Glowbal Telus -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Blubird 2015 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for the Fish Shack 2013 -IDIBC Award of Merit for Metrotown Washroom Renovations 2013 -A.R.E. Design Awards 2013: Outstanding Merit for the Fish Shack -IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter: InAwards 2012 Design in Hospitality - Best in Competition for Black+Blue -IDIBC Best in Show for MJ Jewellers 2012 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for MJ Jewellers 2012 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Black+Blue 2012 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Yaletown Brewing Company 2010 -Vancouver Magazine: Best Designed Restaurant, 2010 for MARKET by Jean-Georges -IDA Northern Pacific Chapter: InAwards 2009 Design in Hospitality - Best in Competition for Coast Restaurant -IDIBC Award of Excellence for MARKET by Jean-Georges 2009 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Coast Restaurant 2009 -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Lure Salon 2008 -IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter: InAwards 2006 Design in Hospitality - Best in Competition for the Adara Hotel, Whistler, BC -Vancouver Magazine: Best Designed Restaurant, 2006 for Watermark -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Gallery Cafe 2004 -VM+SD 2003 (Visual Merchandising and Store Design, NY) first place Award of Excellence 2003 for the Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe -IDIBC Award of Excellence for Ocean Day Spa 2002