JOEY Kitchen University Village

Location Seattle, Washington
Design Principal Kirsten R. Murray

JOEY Kitchen at University Village is the restaurant’s flagship location in Washington State and launches the restaurant group’s new boutique-style restaurant concept in North America. Situated at the intersection of two circulation axes in the pedestrian-heavy shopping village, the restaurant forms the corner of the new addition to the shopping center.

Responsible for exterior architecture and coordination with the interior design for the restaurant—interior design was provided by JOEY Restaurant Group—the design concept for the envelope and exterior features is meant to visually reflect the JOEY dining experience; casual, upscale and exceptional. These qualities are conveyed through a synergy of warm materials deployed in a materially-rich aesthetic. The entry is marked by a 39-foot-tall, twelve foot diameter cylinder made from bronze-finished steel plate. The cylinder announces the restaurant to the center while providing a unique and dramatic entry experience. The exterior facades are outfitted with steel trellises including retractable fabric covers, an oil-finish ipe rain screen, and glass wind barriers. Other notable features include a custom single-hung window wall operated by a system of gears, chains and axels, and glass bi-fold doors. These elements provide an informal atmosphere for year-round outdoor dining, and contribute to the overall aesthetic.

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