Located in the Fairmont Waterfront, the redesign design of the ARC Restaurant focused primarily on creating a new and engaging lounge with a more centralized bar encouraging a relaxed and entertaining area separate from the remaining dining spaces. In addition to the new bar and lounge area, a feature chef’s table serves dual purpose as a breakfast buffet. New banquette seating was added to provide more intimate niches along with a new private dining room intended as a multi-purpose room used for both meetings as well as private parties.
In order to define this space separately from the more typical hotel restaurant, bold material choices were selected giving a very warm, comfortable and contemporary look. Rich charcoals, hazy grays and mauves with accents of bronze and gold tones helped create a moodier atmosphere. The West Coast atmosphere is also felt in the choice of furniture design which is both comfortable and classic providing varying options for guests and customers.
The large voluminous space and accentuated arc in the floor plan provided many challenges that were resolved through dramatic lighting, dark tones and an overall rezoning of functions. As a result, this new restaurant was transformed to compliment the celebrated new menu and to offer a new distinctive dining experience for Vancouverites and visiting guests.