Architecture, Inc. Restaurants

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Founded in 1986, Architecture, Incorporated is a 60-person, award-winning planning, architecture, and interior design practice. We are united in the belief that as trusted advisers and design leaders, we reach beyond the predictable to turn vision into reality while solving complex challenges for public, private, and government clients—improving quality of life through the built environment. Our projects range from complex renovations to new construction for commercial, hospitality, education, healthcare, senior living, multifamily, and sports and recreation clients across the region. This wide range of design experience and core value of client service has made Architecture, Inc. recognized as one of the most prominent firms in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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Restaurants Trends Case Studies Design Recognition Client List

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A sense of comfort and familiarity has always reinforced the success of the guest experience. Quality environments, attention to detail, anticipated needs, friendly discourse, breaking bread—all are requirements enhanced by the interaction of people in a comfortable, seemingly familiar setting. We create environments that encourage guests to feel not just accommodated but that surpasses their expectations. We understand the needs of guests to sense a level of value and richness. A complex mix of needs, routines, and emotions, that link their home and family to these unfamiliar settings, must be acknowledged and anticipated. The environments we design integrate the qualities expected by the guests, allowing them to settle in and feel comfortable. We know much activity is not seen by your guests while you provide seemingly effortless service and unmatched accommodation. We understand and create designs that allow their pulse to slow, spirit to recharge, and spark the desire to return. Our firm has a large portfolio of restaurant projects, providing a range of planning and architectural services for multiple franchise clients including Mellow Mushroom, BarTaco, Basic Burger, and many others.


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An al fresco dining space can be an experience for diners and a boon for owners through increased traffic and revenue, provided it is well-designed and properly equipped—it’s more than a few tables and chairs outside. Outdoor dining can be built for less than interior space, but is also subject to a variety of additional health, safety, and zoning regulations; it’s a careful balancing act. Functional considerations include service entrances, accessibility, employee flow, proximity to restrooms, and all of the mechanical systems requirements for an outdoor space. Aesthetics can include fire and water elements that would be impractical inside, including fire pits and exotic landscaping. Sun shading including awning, trellises, and umbrellas can help to control temperature and can also serve to create a sense of place. Ultimately, the outdoor experience must be an extension of the interior, supporting the brand experience.



The design of a restaurant should inform the type of bar it contains—a high visibility bar can draw in diners. Aesthetic and functional design depends on the type of restaurant, cuisine, and the desired ambiance. Is it a bustling after work destination, or a quieter extension of the dining room? In addition to the main bar and service area, table seating and lounge areas play an important role in a restaurant, especially when the lounge serves as a waiting area for diners. These areas can help to create mood and draw a crowd that might be captured with bar seating alone. A well-designed lounge area may be popular before a meal, but it can also encourage diners to linger after they eat, either in a quieter low seating space or a higher energy high table and stool arrangement. In addition to ambiance, functional considerations of a restaurant bar include the server’s pathway to the bar if it provides beverage service for the dining room, and proximity to the kitchen if it serves a food menu.

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Mellow Mushroom Multiple Locations

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Opaline Bar and Brasserie Washington, DC


03 District Bites Washington, DC


Barteca Restaurant Group Multiple Locations


MELLOW MUSHROOM Fast growing pizza franchise Mellow Mushroom is known for pushing the envelope, and for its unique restaurants across the nation. To further this urban brand, Mellow is always looking for new and unique expressions of its concept. Creating interest and enriching the guest experience is what keeps guests coming back for more. Expressed through features such as exposed concrete flooring and interior brick walls, unique art features, and colorful booths and banquettes, each Mellow Mushroom restaurant highlights its individual personality while furthering the Mellow brand. Architecture, Incorporated has worked with Mellow Mushroom’s art and construction teams to create rich, engaging environments in over a dozen locations— each with its own story.

Featured right: Virginia Beach, VA

DESIGN RECOGNITION Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) IIDA Mid-Atlantic Premiere (2014, 2019) NAIOP Northern Virginia HRACRE Excellence in Development Design

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01 CASE STUDY roanoke


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rock hill


virginia beach



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short pump


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Interior architecture for the renovation of a hotel lobby bar, restaurant, and outdoor patio located in Washington, DC totaling 3,575 sf including selective demolition and construction, new finishes, and new equipment. The two-part destination includes an 80-seat bar and 64-seat brasserie, with both spaces boasting a cohesive mix of curved brass lighting fixtures, black-andwhite tiled flooring, retro prints, and blue and gold furnishings throughout.

DESIGN RECOGNITION Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)



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DISTRICT BITES Architecture, Incorporated provided full architecture and interior design services for the 14,500 sf build-out of District Bites inside of District E, an all-in-one esportsfocused venue including a restaurant, bar, competition studio, and professional esports team training center. The vision behind Monumental Sports & Entertainment’s District E was to transform the entertainment experience with a live event theater offering immersive experiences in esports, music, event programming, and community events, maximizing exposure to their entire portfolio of professional teams. The cutting-edge facility is a competition and training venue for two esports franchises with a best-in-class team practice facility for gaming athletes and a public-facing 150-person Esports Competition Studio. Centrally located in Washington, DC immediately adjacent to Capital One Arena, District E hosts its own shows, viewing parties, corporate events, and other programs as well as pre- and post-game events. Stateof-the-art LED walls, tickers, and video boards coupled with dynamic lighting, color, and materials create a sleek, modern, fully immersive digital experience.

DESIGN RECOGNITION restaurant development+design awards

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03 CASE STUDY reception


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event space



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Architecture, Inc. has completed multiple locations of both Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco taqueria. Barcelona locations include the Cathedral Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC and Reston Town Center in Northern Virginia. The tapas restaurant takes its inspiration from travels through Spain, and combines a rich palette of rustic materials like roughhewn wood and natural stone. Organic textures are offset with sophisticated artwork and contemporary lighting. For multiple locations of the casual Bartaco, a whitewashed interior and hanging baskets contrast with polished concrete floors and travel-inspired artwork. For both the Mosaic and Reston locations in Northern Virginia and the King of Prussia location outside of Philadelphia, generous outdoor spaces and large bars create a festive atmosphere. Featured left: Mosaic District

LOCATIONS Bartaco - Reston Town Center Bartaco - Ballston Quarter Bartaco - King of Prussia Barcelona - Reston Town Center Barcelona - Cathedral Commons



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patio seating


main entrance

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interior entrance


indoor / outdoor eating

BARTACO - MOSAIC patio seating


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Ellen M. Bozman Government Center Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Capital Improvement Institutional: Award of Merit Inova Center for Personalized Health Executive Suites Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Interior Tenant Space 50,000 + SF: Award of Merit

West Springfield High School ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards: Award of Excellence


700 Constitution Multifamily Executive MFE Awards, Adaptive Reuse: Grand Winner

Inova Center for Personalized Health Tower 8 Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Capital Improvement Non-Institutional: Award of Excellence

Coolidge Senior High School ACEC Metropolitan Washington Excellence Awards, Renovations and Additions: Honor Award

Mellow Mushroom - Virginia Beach HRACRE Excellence in Development Design Award, Buildings, Best Restaurant/Eatery/Bar: Award of Merti

Inova Sports Medicine Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Institutional: Honor Award

The Residence at Colvin Run Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Multi-Family Residential: Award of Excellence

Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Restaurant Interior Build-Out: Honorable Mention

Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Community Benefit Project: Award of Merit

IIDA Mid-Atlantic Premier Design Awards, Retail: Honor Award


8150 Leesburg Pike Amenity Space Fairfax County James M. Scott Exceptional Design Award, Commercial Interiors: Award of Merit Knollwood Country Club Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Central Connecticut, Hobi Award: Best Commercial Rehab


8150 Leesburg Pike Amenity Space Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Buildings, Amenity Space: Award of Excellence Maryvale Elementary School / Carl Sandburg Learning Center ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards, Educational: Award of Excellence Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Multi-Use/Joint-Use Building : Outstanding Project Salamander Resort & Spa US News and World Report, Best Hotels in the US: Gold Badge Viceroy DC ABC of Metro Washington Excellence in Construction Awards, Commercial/Residential Renovation $2-$4M - Award of Excellence


Coolidge Senior High School Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Combined-Level School: Outstanding Project

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700 Constitution AIA Northern Virginia Design Award, Historic Architecture: Award of Merit Building Design + Construction Reconstruction Awards: Bronze NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Renovation: Award of Excellence Compass Rose Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Interiors, Tenant Space 0 to 10,000 sf: Award of Excellence Current Salon Shop! Design Awards Competition, Service Retailer: Silver Award Mellow Mushroom - Chantilly Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Building - Hospitality/ Retail: Award of Excellence Opaline Bar and Brasserie Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial/Residential Renovation under $1M: Award of Excellence Propel Swim Academy US Swim Schools Association, Facility: Award of Excellence Salamander Resort & Spa Forbes Travel Guide, 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels Terraset Elementary School Learning by Design Architectural Awards, Elementary School: Outstanding Project

RECOGNITION TRUEBODY Bethesda Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Commercial $512M: Award of Excellence

Mellow Mushroom – Herndon IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Design Awards, Retail: The Bronze Award




W.T. Woodson High School American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Renovation/Modernization

Terraset Elementary School Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Capital Improvement Institutional: Award of Excellence Arlington County Department of Human Services Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Interiors Tenant Space 50,000 sf and Above: Award of Merit Hotel Palomar Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC): Award of Excellence Morrison-Clark Hotel NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Hospitality Project Boutique Service: Award of Excellence

Salamander Resort & Spa Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building - Build-toSuit Non-Institutional Facility: Award of Excellence


CurvyGirls Bridal Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interiors): Honorable Mention Fairfax County Health Lab Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)

QIAGEN NAIOP DC | MD Awards of Excellence, Best Interiors - Healthcare/Biotech/Lab: Award of Merit

Gaslight Square Condominiums Apartment and Condo Development Industry Award, Best New Condominium in the Mid-Atlantic Region


PACE West School American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Specialized Facility

Children’s Science Center Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail: Award of Merit Marina Landing at Belmont Bay Great American Living Awards (GALA), Best Design and Architecture - Multi-Family/Mixed-Use Sage Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Commercial Office (Interiors): Honorable Mention Tower Club Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail: Award of Excellence


3251 Old Lee Highway Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation - Capital Improvement: Award of Excellence Graham Road Elementary School American School & University Magazine, Outstanding Designs: Interior Renovation Loudoun Medical Office Building III Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovtion, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit


Fire Lane Retirement Party Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Building Renovation, Adaptive Re-Use: Award of Merit


Arlington County Department of Human Services Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Tenant Space 50,000 sf and Above: Award of Excellence Fairfax County Health Lab Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Fire Works Pizza Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Retail Project: Award of Excellence


Architecture, Inc. Design Studio Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Award, Best Interiors - Tenant Space 0-14,999 sf: Award of Excellence Fairfax County Exceptional Design Awards, Office (Interior): Honorable Mention

Commercial Atlantic Realty Companies Avis Budget Group Avison Young Beacon Capital Partners The Bernstein Companies Booz Allen Hamilton Brambleton - Soave Enterprises BRPOA BTY Global CBRE Group Cushman & Wakefield Cheroenhaka Nottoway Enterprises Duke Realty EIT 2.0 Forest City Commercial Global Logistics Group Global Medical REIT Holladay Properties Integrated Direct Marketing Interstate Plaza Holding JBG Smith JLL The Lann Companies Lerner Enterprises Lidl US Lincoln Property Company MainStreet Bank Martin Marietta The Meridian Group Meridian One BP Newmark Knight Frank Northrop Grumman Ox Hill Companies The Peterson Companies Polinger Company The Rector Companies Resource Bank Rosenthal Properties Brambleton - Soave Enterprises Sirhandi Enterprises, Inc. Springfield Tower Tamares Tetra Partners T-Mobile TMG Solutions Uniwest Commercial Realty Verizon Vermeer Mid-Atlantic Commercial Interiors AAHOA Adecco Amerihome Financial

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Fairfax Christian School Fairfax County Public Schools Fauquier County Public Schools Florida Gulf Coast University Friendship Public Charter Schools Greene County Public Schools The George Washington University Higher Ground Education Johns Hopkins University The Levine School of Music Loudoun Country Day School Loudoun County Public Schools McLean Bible Church Minnieland Academy Montgomery County Public Schools Northern Virginia Community College Nysmith School Prince George’s County Public Schools Prince William County Public Schools Rock and Roll Daycare Rockingham County Public Schools Stratford University Trinity School at Meadow View University of Maryland College Park Government Alexandria Health Department Arlington County Arlington County DHS Bethesda Naval Hospital Bureau of Indian Affairs Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) City of Fort Myers City of North Port Commonwealth of Virginia DARPA Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Department of Defense (DoD) Department of Veterans Affairs Fairfax County Government Fairfax County Health Department Fauquier County Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Government of the District of Columbia Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Leesburg Volunteer Fire Department Loudoun County Government Marine Corps Base Quantico Maryland National Park & Planning National Institute of Health National Naval Medical Command Naval Facilities Engineering Command Town of Herndon

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Neuroscience Center of America Northern Virginia Opthalmology Assoc. Park Royal Hospital Pediatrix Prince George’s Hospital Prince William Hospital The Psychiatric Institute of Washington Pure Life Renal Dialysis QIAGEN Sciences Radiology Associates of Maryland Rehabilitation Hospitals of America Reston Hospital Center Southern Research Institute Springfield Hospital St. Agnes Healthcare Stone Ridge Medical Center Stone Springs Hospital Tenet Healthcare Corporation TherImmune Research Corporation Town Center Orthopaedic Associates VAMC Philadelphia Virginia Hospital Center Washington Hospital Center Welltower, Inc. Whole Child Pediatrics Hospitality Arlo Hotels Barteca Black Hoof Brewing Company Blue Ridge Grill Capitol Hill Suites Courtyard by Marriott DoubleTree by Hilton The Doyle Collection Fireworks Pizza Halfsmoke Heritage Golf Group Hersha Hospitality Hilton Hotels Holiday Inn Express Innisbrook Golf Resort Invited Clubs Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Mellow Mushroom MGAC Hospitality Pebblebrook Hotel Trust RB Properties Ritz-Carlton Hotels RLJ Lodging Trust Salamander Hotels & Resorts Stanford Hotels Thompson Hospitality Thompson Hotels

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