Seiyo Wine & Sushi Bar
South End, Boston, MA
New wine boutique and sushi restaurant
A wine shop and restaurant in the historic South End of Boston. Seiyo Wine + Sushi Bar explores hybridity and synergy through architecture.
Hansy Better Barraza
Anthony J. Piermarini
Albert Costa Architects
Ibrahim + Ibrahim
MIX OF EASTERN & WESTERN TRADITIONS
TRANSIENT BEAUTY, NATURAL CHANGES
As a hybrid wine shop and restaurant, Seiyo Wine + Sushi Bar is a unique concept in Boston. Wine is valued for its ability to age gracefully. By contrast, sushi is always prepared and served fresh. The design of Seiyo Wine + Sushi Bar nests eastern and western traditions within another, creating a synergy between the two.
ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS & MATERIALS
WOOD FLOORBOARDS, VENEER BEAM, MILLWORK
The palette for this project juxtaposes materials that age at different rates and in different ways. A grid of diagonal steel bars forms a latticed wine case against weathered brick. Brazilian cherry wood floorboards run up the walls and conceal overhead mechanical systems and define the restaurant. The millwork is composed of refined industrial laminated veneer beams floated over long spans to create the counters, bar tops, and tables.
THREE-DIMENSIONAL SYSTEM, WINE CAVE
The display for various types of wine is set against the historic brick walls, where a structural lattice suspends the wine cases. Two parallel rows of steel bars are organized on a diagonal grid. A wood encasement extends to display wine in anthropomorphic terms to complete the three-dimensional system. To embrace the transience of the dining experience within the permanence of the wine shop, emptied wine bottles are suspended to create a translucent partition, and corks left over from parties and wine tastings are collected in a perforated metal screen.
About the Boutique & Restaurant
In the South End
Situated within the historic South End of Boston, Seiyo Wine + Sushi Bar balances the notions of freshness and maturity through architecture. The design embraces the notion of transient beauty and the natural changes that occur through the aging process.
Natural materials, such as cherry wood floorboards, juxtapose the brick walls and a steel latticed wine case. Strategically placed partitions collect preserved corks and bottles, creating a form of a community archive of previous gatherings. The open floor plan promotes social interactions, linking individual events to the collective experience. The successful merging of restaurant and wine shop within one community space creates a model for hybridity.