An Inside Look at Agricole Bar in San Francisco
Agricole Bar is a tavern based in San Francisco’s SOMA district, serving traditional cocktails, natural wines, and Northern California cuisine prepared with ingredients coming from local organic farms. The venue was designed by Aidlin Darling Design, a multidisciplinary firm based in San Francisco.
“Drawing on long-term relationships with local artisans, we assembled an expanded design team for the collaborative design-and-build process. As a primary spatial gesture, the existing long, tall warehouse interior is given a sense of intimacy and scale by a wooden “hull.” The hull is crafted of reclaimed whiskey barrel oak, milled into thin strips and lapped in a scale-like texture. Delicate glass sculptures descend from skylights above the hull, puncturing through the wood ceiling and distributing daylight throughout the dining room. Their airy and fluid lines are formed by warped pyrex cylinders, fused into curvaceous glittering volumes that float gently overhead. The restaurant’s bars, banquettes, and service spaces are arrayed as furniture-like objects within this interior volume. Two bars, made of board-formed concrete and old barn beams, are anchors of space and activity. Contrasting their orthogonal geometry are the sinuous banquettes, also of cast concrete. In the banquettes, however, the concrete is a seemingly-impossible one-inch thick ribbon, achieved using a new ductal concrete. More recycled wood, here riddled with worm holes, warms the concrete for the sitting body and links the booths with the overall project palette. The dining experience does not end at the perimeter of the building envelope. Through a deep steel and glass facade, the dining room connects out to an outdoor courtyard and organic garden. Homegrown herbs for artisanal cocktails are harvested from a series of raised beds, which directly adjoin outdoor dining tables – reconnecting the city dweller to earth and agriculture. The design takes inspiration from the sustainable agricultural roots of the restaurant’s artisanal food and cocktail menu, and is slated to be LEED Platinum certified,” says Aidlin Darling Design
- Location: SOMA – San Francisco, California
- Design: Aidlin Darling Design
- Photos: Matthew Millman