ISETTA CAFE AND BISTRO

Location: West Vancouver, Canada
Year: 2020 – Present
Phase: Under Construction
Type: Commercial, Renovation and Interior Design
UX Design: Campos Studio

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The intent is to renovate the exterior of the building in as sensitive a manner as possible in order to maintain the original design intent of the building.

The interior will comprise of an open plan with flexible seating and a full size kitchen. The original solid wood tung and groove roof and rear wall will remain exposed.

There will be two patios, one on each side of the building and some comfy seating protected from the rain in the breezeway.

The café is intended to act as a community hub that will be able to host private events through a flexible interior layout and full service kitchen. In addition, the unpretentious interior is meant to be friendly and inviting, encouraging random conversations and encounters with strangers.

Over the years, the three buildings on the site have cycled through many tenants and varying programs from restaurants, to a market and fish shop, and an office and garage. The site contains a gas station and two separate buildings connected by a breezeway. The original gas station is no longer in use and instead, along with the West building, houses some of the property owner’s extensive vintage car collection.

Original architectural drawings by Scott and Furnadjieff Architects

This iconic West Vancouver building was originally designed by Scott and Furnadjieff Architects in 1961 and remains a well known and much loved hotspot along Marine Drive. To this day, it is hard not to notice the wing-like roof hugging the two mid century buildings when driving or biking by.

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Photograph by Thelma Davidson, May 1965