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March 8, 2021
Leftcraft is casual restaurant and bar situated in a 1950s-era, single-story building on Main Street in downtown Edmonds.
The design explores the contrast between new and old in materials, colors and textures. The infill building, modified many times during it’s existence, has concrete walls and floors and a tongue-and-groove Douglas fir ceiling, all of which were cleaned and left exposed to express the building’s character.
The south facade features a 15-foot roof overhang which shelters an outdoor patio. The existing fixed front facade was replaced with bi-fold wood-and-glass doors to connect the patio with the interior. A clerestory band of windows runs across the top of the north side of the building.
Seating for 90 is a mix of bar stools, communal tables made of folded steel, and wood benches and small tables. Tables tops are also made of wood. A faceted wood screen acts to visually and physically divide the space and breaking it down into cozier sized volumes. Built from nearly 200 2-by-6 pieces of rough-sawn Douglas fir, the screen connects to the floor and extends up to the ceiling, wrapping and concealing the HVAC ductwork. Three sky lights were added to bring natural light deep into the space.
The light fixtures, attached by delicate metal rods, are made from the same fir as the screen, and feature LED strip lighting.
Owner: Jamie Butler, Andy Walls and Travis Eaton
Architect: Graham Baba Architects
Contractor: Wilcox Construction
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