SFJones Architects’ latest inspired creation is the hip new M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach, opening in April 2011. For this upscale eatery, SFJones was asked to design a “soulful space.” A Manhattan Beach resident himself, Jones realized that he could capture the essence of this warm beach community by weaving into the design distinctive local building features such as volleyball posts and lifeguard stations amid reclaimed barn wood, incorporating historical references to the original Manhattan Beach post office with rustic walnut millwork and a faux-painted vintage feature wall.
Architect: SFJones Architects
Location: 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Project Team: Stephen Francis Jones, AIA, Principal Architect; Justin Killian, Lead Project Architect; Alexandra Girot, Interior Designer
Contractor: PKJ Construction
Lighting: Light Group, Inc.
Engineering: Grimm & Chen Structural Engineering, Inc.
Kitchen: Myers Restaurant Supply, Inc.
Faux-Painting: Donn Cross & Associates
Project Area: 3,325 sqf
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of SFJones Architects
From its stained concrete floors to its rusted steel doors, these memorable community design elements will resonate with patrons, giving the ambiance a uniquely local personality, imbuing the restaurant with the soul of its clientele.