PROJECTS

 
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 R BAR & GRILL, HILTON
ARLINGTON, TX

CASE STUDY

The Hilton Arlington’s F&B venue had not been updated since the 90’s. The restaurant was closed off from the outside, so that no natural light entered. Generally, hotel guests avoided it – choosing to walk to one of the nearby pizza or burger operations.

H3D rebranded and redesigned the restaurant and bar while maintaining basic structural features, including the existing production kitchen. The space was opened up to the lobby and the exterior of the hotel, resulting in a space with more light, warm and open, and connected visually to both the lobby and the street. A patio was added.

Designer Candice Schiller and architect Craig Schuster worked together to create a space that could function as an extension of the hotel, while feeling distinct – a separate experience – and visually compelling enough to draw customers from outside the hotel.

The design reflects the character of Texas: the long bar as the centerpiece, raw edged table tops of magnolia and cypress wood, reclaimed cedar, punched tin ceiling, and Gulf Coast brick.

The result is that R Bar & Grill has not only been a magnet for hotel guests and convention attendees, but the near-by sports stadiums before and after games, and local customers from the surrounding neighborhoods. Sales have doubled from the old space.

In 2014 Interstate Hotels & Resorts chose to have their system-wide F&B Conference at Hilton Arlington, to showcase the newly opened R Bar & Grill.

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 THE GROVE & LAKE HOUSE
DISCOVERY GREEN
HOUSTON, TX

CASE STUDY

Floor to ceiling glass walls on three sides of The Grove establish the indoor/outdoor relationship with the park. In light of the natural beauty of the park and views of downtown Houston, the challenge was to give the diners something visually stimulating within the restaurant. The glowing, island bar and open kitchen provide that balance. And large, stainless steel artichoke pendants respond to the scale of the building and giant oaks of the park.

Materials used in The Grove contributed to the park’s LEED Gold certification: FSC-certified woods, Gulf Coast soft brick, and recycled solid surface counter tops.

The color palette is soft greens, with accents of orange and red. Other features: bamboo table tops and cabinetry, faux bois table bases, paintings by local artists, rolled steel community bar tables and fire wood boxes framing the kitchen opening.

The Lake House shares architectural DNA with The Grove. Access – and views – to a lake, fountains, and a meadow dictated a more casual style, however. Faux palms are surrounded by blue tables and metal chairs. The service counter is clad in horizontal stripes of Ipe wood, and a painted mural references the lake.

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Pearl Restaurant & Bar
Sam Houston Hotel
Houston, TX

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The Oaks Kitchen & Bar
Katy, TX

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Vilebrequin
St. Barths

COMING IN 2020

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 Seven Hills Resort &
Conference Center
Fredericksburg, TX

COMING IN 2020

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