Capitol Hill, Seattle
Capitol Hill Blog
…warm maple wood, swaths of botanical wallpaper, mirrors, and tile all come together to create an intimate experience within the large space.
Located in Liz Dunn’s Chop House Row building, Chop Shop is situated in a portion of building formerly occupied by The Chop House – a collection of band and music production spaces that was integral to Seattle’ music scene starting in the mid-80’s. Mētis had the very good fortune to work with Graham Baba and Ericka Burke on this project. Ericka had a strong sense of where she wanted to take the project and Jim Graham worked closely with her to develop an initial design that reflected her vision. The shape of the space presented a number of very difficult issues from a design perspective. Primary among these was the presence of the walk-in cooler unit in the main space. Taking the approach that “design challenges” often provide opportunities, Mētis worked closely with Graham Baba and Ericka Burke to develop a solution. Mētis was lucky enough to discover the front entry to the recently demolished Williamsburg Court Apartments for sale at Earthwise, a local reclaimed building materials store. This piece was re-purposed as a back bar and cladding for the walk-in cooler unit, creating a unique centerpiece for the space while simultaneously introducing a feminine element that nicely balanced the wood, steel and concrete that gave the original building its character.