GGA was charged with planning, entitling, and designing the development of a restaurant at the northwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Marengo in Old Pasadena.

The unique challenge of this single-story project was to resolve the almost unavoidable narrative of this historical typology with the urbanistic focus of both the Midtown Specific Plan, and with the already-established precedents of both Old Pasadena. We proposed to achieve this resolution through a pavilion building type that is of substantive scale and transparency; whose roof overhang system meets the sidewalk, with an inclement weather systems defining hard-edged enclosure when required, and through the programmatic elements of eating and drinking, respectively, activated both sidewalk edges through functional zoning of indoor-outdoor space.

While roof profile, transparency, and corner entrance element are addressed to the establishment of the building-as-object, the soft off-white tonality of the building addresses a harmonious neighborhood established by the long-standing commercial developments which have defined this sensitive connective corridor for decades.

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