Oakland, CA



Wursthall is a German/Austrian style restaurant and bierhall in Downtown San Mateo. Serving a wide variety of brews and a menu curated by head chef Kenji Lopez-Alt (author of the James Beard Award-winning book The Food Lab), Wursthall is a gathering space for family and friends. Inspired by the iconic Oktoberfest beer halls of Germany, Arcsine incorporated a contemporary aesthetic to create a space that is fresh and family friendly.

The bierhaus’ corner space in a historic building features lofty double height ceilings, tall columns and factory style windows that bathe the space in natural light. By simplifying the existing interior and utilizing a clean and contemporary design aesthetic, Arcsine was able to highlight the historic detailing and create a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests to linger.

The central dining area features long communal tables where guests can gather beneath a canopy of warm string lights zigzagging above. The tables were custom made for the beer hall, with solid ash tops and mild steel bases with a decorative ‘V’ . With the goal of creating a varied and inclusive layout, we designed a variety of seating options: traditional communal tables with benches for the classic beer hall experience, a clustering of 2 tops for those desiring a more intimate experience, and a kids’ area for young families. Riveted grey columns punctuate the space and are embellished with custom copper sconces. Lighting throughout the rest the space is demure and contemporary, featuring globe pendants embellished with Wursthall branding.

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Status: Built
Location: downtown San Mateo
Firm Role: Architect and Interior Designer of record