L'Ecole Bistro in Spring Green, Wisconsin
Design Studies 322
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The Bistro Project was part of the Interior Design II curriculum at UW-Madison in the Fall of 2010.
Located in Spring Green, WI the site is a 2,000 square foot old schoolhouse currently being used as a photography studio. The goal of this project was to create a warm and inviting environment that would be welcoming to locals, members of the American Players Theater, and tourists alike. Open from March through November, the bistro was to be a seasonal place of respite offering healthy, locally grown meal options; a change of pace from many of the other restaurants in town. The chef and menu have their roots in the French style, so this greatly influenced the design. Other elements having an impact on the design were the enormous southern facing windows in the dining room and the existing architectural style. The design intent was to be bright, open, and easily translatable from day to evening with a flick of a light switch and swapping of table settings. The result is an elegant yet friendly restaurant that remains true to the architecture while incorporating a hint of a contemporary French aesthetic. These renderings were produced using a combination of AutoCad Architecture 2011 and Adobe Photoshop CS5.