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Portfolio: Restaurants Uchiko Project Uchiko, Austin Client Tyson Cole and Daryl Kunik Architect Michael Hsu Office of Architecture Design team Michael Hsu, AIA; Jay Colombo, AIA Photographer Paul Bardagjy

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Completed in June 2010 by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Uchiko is a 4,954-sf sister restaurant to one of Austin’s popular restaurants, Uchi, which is operated by Chef Tyson Cole. The scope of the project included both interior and exterior renovations to an existing building in north Austin that was primarily used as medical office spaces. The architects designed the entire building shell renovation and the tenant improvements for Uchiko, along with the current office spaces on the second floor. “When we were designing the shell renovation, we were intentionally designing the exterior to reflect Uchiko as a distinct tenant instead of keeping it consistent with the other tenants.  It provided a nice balance to building massing while at the same time giving Uchiko its own identity,” says architect Jay Colombo. The design evokes the atmosphere of a simple Japanese farmhouse with an emphasis on natural materials and evidence of craftsmanship. The palette of materials includes solid bronze, hand-stained brick, rough-sawn walnut and wood siding burned using the traditional Japanese technique of shou-sugi-ban. A wall of vintage cabinets separates the bar from the dining space, and steel-framed windows enclose a private dining room at the rear. Lighting throughout the restaurant is primarily achieved with custom walnut light boxes and a branch-like fixture of glass globes that organically spreads across the ceiling. Embossed brass washers adorn acoustic areas of the ceiling, subtly forming stitch lines across the space.

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FLOOR PLAN 1 ENTRY 2 BAR 3 DINING 4 WINE STORAGE 5 RESTROOM 6 SUSHI BAR 7 KITCHEN 8 STORAGE 9 OFFICE

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Contractor :Blue & Associates Consultants

CONTRIBUTING DECORATOR: One.Eleven.Design;

LANDSCAPE : D-Crain; MEP : AYS Engineering; STRUCTURAL : Struc-

tures; LIGHTING: KL Lighting Consultants; KITCHEN: Concept Services

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DOOR/PDR WALL AND DOOR/WOOD CEILING/BOOTHS/CEILING MOUNTED LIGHT BOXES/BRONZE BAR TOP : Vintage Material

Supply; LUMBER: US Lumber Brokers; LAMINATES: Wilsonart; GLASS REINFORCED PLASTICS: Marlite; WATERPROOFING: Brink-

mann Roofing Company; METAL DOORS: Hull Supply; SPECIALTY DOORS: Overhead Door Company; TILE : L’Antic Colonial, Ege

METAL AWNINGS/INTERIOR METAL WORK : 220

Seramik; ACOUSTICAL CEILINGS: Tectum; WOOD FLOORING: Cata-

Designs; CONCRETE ROOF/WALL TILES: Hanson Roof Tile; CON-

lina Home; SPECIAL WALL SURFACES: Rimex Metals; PAINTS: Sher-

CRETE RESTROOM COUNTERTOPS: Newbold Stone; DINING ROOM

win Williams; SIGNAGE/YAKATORI GRILL : Ion Art; FOOD SERVICE

BRICK : Kansas Brick & Tile (AMP Brick & Stone); RAILINGS/WOOD

EQUIPMENT : Concept Services; WALK-IN COOLER: Bally; DESIGN

TREATMENTS/CABINETRY/WALL TREATMENTS/BRONZE SLIDING

SOFTWARE : AutoCad, Google Sketch-Up; ARTWORK : Sodalitas

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