Toast / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

  • 01:00 - 9 October, 2009
Toast / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, © Rien van Rijthoven
© Rien van Rijthoven
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Architects

    Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
  • Project Team

    Stanley Saitowitz, Alan Tse
  • Structural Engineering

    GFDS Engineers
  • Lighting

    Revolver Design
  • General Contractor

    Carolan Construction
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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Toast Restaurant serves comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the second branch at the new Hamiltonplace shopping mall in Navato, north of San Francisco. The mall is one story Mediterranean kitsch in a parking lot.

© Rien van Rijthoven
© Rien van Rijthoven

The experience of entering Toast is like walking inside a loaf of bread… swimming in sparkling Champaign…… The yeast that creates this fizzy interior world is particle board, perforated with random shaped holes, which covers all surfaces. Walls, ceilings, furniture are all wrapped in this bubbling, bread like material.

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© Rien van Rijthoven

The low canopied entry transitions to a 40’ volumetric space with a hanging column suspended over the bar. This column has storage for glasses raised in the air. The bar mirrors this cubic cupola below, with seating on three sides. Behind the bar the ceiling drops to the main dining area. First are large communal tables, then smaller tables and booths. The open kitchen has bar seating and becomes a stage for the chefs and pizza makers. A fireplace with storage niches warms the space. Behind, the toilets are contained in a floating box entered from the rear.

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© Rien van Rijthoven

Niches in the toasty walls are for displays of ingredients and wares. The image is homey, warm as toast, sparkling like Champaign.

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