2020 Best of Year Winner for Bar

Photography by Jaime Navarro.

Charged with creating an art-inspired nightclub, Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos interior design director Fernanda Patiño conceived one that looks like a piece of sculpture itself. “We emulated sculptors who start with a solid element and carve it into something new,” Patiño says. “In our case, it was a sensuous, inhabitable void.” A steel structure covered with MDF panels forms the undulating walls; local craftsmen applied fiberglass paste by hand to give the surface a chiseled texture. The organic shell integrates booths and LED strips that pulse with the beat of the music. Guests, who access the second-floor space by way of a moody stairwell sheathed with patinated-steel plates, enter a luxe cave with ceramic stone flooring, a gold-painted vaulted ceiling, and brass details. A pair of boomerang-shape, oak-veneered banquettes sits at the center of the 3,000-square-foot lounge, which is served by a Statuario marble bar; the firm collaborated with Mob Studio on the custom marble-topped steel tables and other furnishings. Blurring the line between art and architecture, Odessa is a creative triumph. ¡Salud!

Photography by Jaime Navarro.

Project Team: Javier Sordo Madaleno Bringas; Javier Sordo Madaleno De Haro; Fernando Sordo Madaleno De Haro; Fernanda Patiño; Paola

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Downtown Wheaton to welcome juice bar, home decor retailer, electric bike dealer

A “coming soon” sign takes on a whole new meaning in the midst of a pandemic.

In downtown Wheaton, those signs are appearing on what had been vacant storefronts, teasing the arrival of new businesses that have overcome unique challenges to open their doors.

“We have a lot of people who are interested because our downtown’s hopping right now,” Elle Withall said.

The executive director of the Downtown Wheaton Association has led recruitment of new retailers and restaurants opening in the coming days and months. Here’s a look at some of those developments.

Extract Juicery

Where: The juice bar will debut in a former coffeehouse space at 114 N. Main St. Five & Hoek Coffee Co. moved to the back of the brick building.

Menu: Extract has a selection of green juices and smoothies, a convenient way to drink your vegetables, especially if you don’t have a pricey juicer in your kitchen.

“There’s at least a pound and a half of vegetables in each juice, and to sit down and eat that would be extremely difficult to do,” owner Kevin Walker said.

He recommends the “Quench Me,” a refreshing mix of pineapple, cucumber, celery, kale and mint, and the vibrant

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Outdoor entertainer’s dream kitchen: A barbecue, bar and football on a big-screen TV

A deteriorating deck in the back of a West Linn home was not only a future hazard, but also a waste of potential for a family that likes to be outdoors. In its place today is a new cedar deck that’s used often for cooking and socializing.

Under a tiered roof is a kitchen designed for barbecuing, a bar built to linger, and a big TV screen to watch football games while being protected from the Pacific Northwest weather.

French doors from the dining room open wide to the deck that was engineered to seamlessly connect indoors to out. Skylights and clerestory windows draw in natural light but not wind or rain.

“The family doesn’t have to dodge raindrops to go out there,” says Tessa Isett, a design consultant with Neil Kelly Co. who worked with lead designer Matt Sipes on the project. “It’s actually their favorite place to be when it’s raining.”

Erase the idea that patio dining means plastic chairs and a wobbly table. Homeowners are investing big in expanding their living space under the stars.

The need to entertain in fresh air was emphasized during the coronavirus pandemic, but creating a usable, comfortable space in the open

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