Partner: OPN Architects
We kicked off this project by gutting a 1980s-era office building to expose the beautiful bones of the historic structure lying beneath. Arched brick window openings, riveted steel beams, gorgeous brick masonry walls, and an underground bank vault... these were the treasures we uncovered, hidden for decades, that became the foundation for the Lucille build-out. In the basement, we built a prep kitchen and storage area, hidden behind a lounge and bar featuring seating in the old bank vault. The main floor we outfitted with accordion-style exterior windows that can be opened completely to let the outside in (weather permitting, of course). We used reclaimed materials throughout, topped the first-floor bar with an impressive pewter slab, and installed a concrete deck to the second-floor mezzanine. For our work on Lucille, In Business honored us with the "Best New Development or Renovation - Restaurant" award, and Build Wisconsin recognized us with the "Commercial Projects Renovation" award.