United States | 2022
Sky Deck is a gastronomic concept that shifts the culinary trends of community social gathering. Distinct from a food hall, Sky Deck is a place to immerse in a communal dining experience with a collection of interconnected restaurants in one vast space. Located in the San Diego coastal town of Del Mar and situated atop a local organic market, Sky Deck’s adjoins alfresco decks and patios offering various outdoor communal areas. The food hall showcases local chef-driven San Diego restaurant concepts that offer a flavor of global influence. This innovative collective blends nine individual restaurants that surround a central luxe-cocktail bar, a co-working café, and an elevated beer garden named Brewers Deck. Sky Deck’s main feature is an expansive 35’ X 60’ skylight that guides daylight and views of the evening sky into the center of the space. A key design for Sky Deck was the concept of a “diorama” which blends four strategically located and suspended art installations throughout the large open space beneath the roof. The ‘Boats & Buoys’, ‘Bottles & Rebar’, ‘Nets & Pulleys’ and ‘Driftwood Fish’ are hung playfully within the space as a counterpoint to the murals and industrial walls clad in raw steel to create various scenes as visitors traverse the space. These art elements are creatively curated as a collection of ‘nautical industrial’ art that echoes Del Mar’s beaches and San Diego’s port city lineage All common areas in the project offer many public amenities and hospitality to the community. The common wash area features a steel barn door integrated with wall and ceiling murals for an intricate layering of found objects transformed into sculptural art. Sky Deck is a culinary collection where each area has its own unique characteristics, creating the sensation that diverse experiences are interconnected. Its unique multi-zone, multi-story spatial layout creates an environment of discovery and revelation that invites its local neighborhood and the broader community to immerse into.