Inside, the lava cone hub acts as an enclosure for arriving guests and maitre’d while allowing access to the dining spaces and bar. The bar is spatially defined by a red steel tube trellis that “floats” beneath the roof structure and continues through the exterior glass where it covers the bar’s lanai. The trellis and the use of fully operable sliding glass walls work together to blur the line between outside and inside spaces.
The transparency between inside and out is enhanced by the use of a similar color palette on finishes and furnishings throughout the project. The exposed grey concrete block along with the stained concrete extends from the entry into the dining spaces and contrasts with the bright greens, oranges and soft golds on the seating.
The main dining space is creatively sub-divided into smaller, more intimate spaces on the periphery by massive battered masonry walls. Sliding glass doors allow these spaces to open directly onto exterior dining lanais. Masonry walls, corrugated translucent panels and lush landscaping give the lanais privacy and act as a view backdrop for the interior spaces.
An elegant mix of honed masonry, exposed steel, sliding and fixed glass and integral-colored concrete make up the majority of the material palette, while natural lava, bamboo, channel glass, tapas cloth and glass tile used in conjunction with mica-chip stucco finishes add richness. Authentic art and artifacts from the South Pacific complete the composition and help “take the guest away”.