noun. a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers or mountaineers
Bivouac Ciderworks in North Park, San Diego is a place where locals experience the nostalgia of adventure while enjoying a tall glass of hard cider. Inspired by the minimalist explorer, the interior design evokes warmth and serves as an inviting place to meet up with friends and enjoy a change in scenery.
The abstracted shape of a campfire informs multiple components in the space including the back bar shelving, the dining table legs, the wood cladding on the walls, the exterior bar-die, the wood-dye patterns on the tables, and the walls behind the swing. This motif is explored in a variety of scales and materials helping to blend these individual elements together to create an all-encompassing atmosphere distinct from any other.
A line of custom brass and wood lighting fixtures provides light while acting as a plant shelf. Over time the plants will grow long, filtering the light and creating a dappling effect similar to being in a grove of trees outdoors. The wall sconces above the banquettes are made from re-purposed glass popcorn machine vacuum tubes, which were sandblasted, wrapped in leather and then lit from the inside to mimic a lantern.
The bar top is white concrete with brass topographic inlays. Wrapping along the North wall and across the front patio, this bar top can be enjoyed from both the interior and exterior of the space when a large pivot window on the East facade is open.
On the South wall a series of ropes and knots run from the banquette and across the ceiling, suspending the lights above the bar. Each rope line features a knot, some of which Bivouac's own ciders derived their names.
Steel walls with water-jet constellations illuminate the bar-die and kitchen walls.
The last banquette against the south wall is also a 10 person swing. While seated at this table you can see an ibex hidden in the steel mountainscape.
The fabrics in the space- waxed canvas and leather - were inspired by the most valuable possession of the mountaineer, his backpack.
Not even the recessed lighting was left to the mundane as it sporadically graces the ceiling mimicking the natural sky.
All of these details come together to create a warm and inviting dining experience that inspires the subdued traveler.
Client: Matthew Austin & Lara Worm
General Contractor: CLTVT
Photographer: Jennifer Seigwart