Inspired by the flavors, textures and fresh ingredients of Roka’s sushi and steak menu, DMAC’s design echoes the integrity and pleasure of well-prepared food. With natural and reclaimed materials and an emphasis on creativity and craft, DMAC’s interior for Roka is warm and sincere yet highly evocative.
The piece de resistance is in the main dining room: a sculpture composed of repurposed nails that DMAC commissioned as a large-scale pavilion over the open robata grill. Discovered in old barrels, the hand-cut nails had originally been part of a 100+ year old water tower in Iowa and are now welded together in an elegant Modernist cross-hatching. The sculpture is fitted over the robata grill hood, which illuminates the room with warm soft colors, adding a contemporary layer to the rustic material.
The bathrooms were conceptualized as walking into an idealized forest in which a rectangular volume of space was carved out of mesquite wood poles. Light filters down from the suspended stumps above and the black lacquered walls offer soft reflections allowing the space to visually transcend itself.
DMAC’s artful and generous use of metal, wood and stone contribute to a choreographed space in which guests are benevolently led to discover new sensory experiences throughout the designed environment: a veritable feast for the eyes.
Location: Chicago, IL, US
My Role: Design Architect