Shuck Shuck is an interior fit-out for a new food concept in Vancouver’s Chinatown, on East Pender Street, which uses oysters as a vessel, combining them with novel, worldly ingredients, sustainable practices, and a highly social environment in a non-traditional restaurant.
The pared-back simplicity of the interior consists of stripped-back concrete floors, exposed concrete columns, concrete ceiling, mechanical ducts, and conduits. The simplistic interior yields attention to a single architectural intervention. A 56’-0” long serpentine table floats its way through the space.
The fiber-reinforced precast concrete table mediates between the interactive qualities of a loose and casual “bar top” and the intimacy and the enveloping relationship of a “booth” that wraps around you. As a standing-only restaurant, the circulation and interaction between patrons were curated to redefine placemaking of this highly social yet intimately personal environment that allows people to connect in various ways. Depending on where a patron is standing at the table their personal sense of space and level of interaction with others varies.
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