“Bestie” By Scott and Scott Architects
Right in the middle of Vancouver‘s Chinatown, there‘s a place where you can get the beer and sausage parlor. Currywurst restaurant Bestie, designed by local Canadian firm Scott & Scott Architects, celebrates ordinary materials and simple, well-crafted details.
The 25 seat restaurant features loose tables and benches to facilitate changing events such as film screenings and communal dinners. Architects designed this place to be suitable for a showcase of locally-produced art and design, which can be hung in different arrangements from the 116 holes in the oiled spruce lumber walls. These holes can also be used for storing extra bar stools – whose legs slot neatly into the gaps – or for hanging customers’ coats, hats, and umbrellas.
The work of fellow Vancouver designers is displayed throughout the space. The copper counter runs along in front alongside more of the wooden stools, which were created by Canadian designer Joji Fukushima. Also a set of lights by Canadian designer Zoe Garred slot into holes above the dining tables.
The kitchen is exposed to diners and is lined with white ceramic tiles. It features an adjustable hanging system made from thin strips of copper, accommodating hooks for utensils, beer mugs, and shelves. Seating is provided by wooden benches with brightly colored cushions, inspired by a familiar look of typical highway restaurants.
The interior follows a rational design that uses common materials and simple, straightforward details, which are repeated allowing for the work to be completed on-site. But the most interesting element of this project is that Architects Susan and David Scott designed the restaurant that the owners can build by themselves.
Location: 105 E Pender Street Vancouver, Canada
Project Year: 2013
Area: 70 m2