Olin Bar & Kitchen
Justin Maconochie

Olin Bar & Kitchen

McIntosh Poris Associates as Architects

After establishing several successful restaurant concepts in Las Vegas, Holly and Shawn McClain of the McClain Group set their sights on their home base, Detroit. They engaged local firm McIntosh Poris Associates to design a street presence and interiors for Olin Bar & Kitchen, a new Mediterranean-American Brasserie located in Downtown Detroit. Olin is at once a cozy neighborhood hang-out and a sophisticated dining destination. It simultaneously captures the history and modernism of the city through a balance of upscale industrial finishes and eclectic design choices. The result is a fun and funky restaurant space that attracts both locals and out-of-town guests who prefer a local dining experience in an era inundated with chain concepts.

photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie

Olin occupies the ground floor of an Art Deco building that formerly housed a puppet theater. The building’s exterior features original limestone paneling and a distinctive curved corner indicative of the sleek architectural style. The architects preserved the limestone fascia and added a newly designed storefront, consisting of blue-gray metal panels with traditional decorative pilasters between large glass-paneled windows.  This gives Olin a distinctive presence on the busy Woodward Avenue corridor.

photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie

While the building was in good structural condition, the interior hadn’t been renovated in decades and needed to be brought up to meet current fire-safety codes, which involved applying a sprayed fire-resistive material to the ceiling and columns. An interior wall was previously covered with a black adhesive material, which was stripped to expose the original brick, adding to the restaurant’s clubby ambience.

photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie

The new program includes a 3,900-square-foot ground-floor open kitchen, a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, and restrooms as well as a lower-level prep kitchen.  McIntosh Poris designed the interiors to have a casual, relaxed atmosphere that appeals to a diverse clientele. The aesthetic incorporates the original Art Deco details and the texture of exposed interior brick walls with new touches, such as contemporary lighting fixtures and abstract murals from local artist Lisa Spindler that play off of the space’s industrial-themed elements.

photo_credit Karl Moses
Karl Moses

Traditional fluted columns on the interior reflect the storefront design, and the existing black-and-white mosaic floor was preserved to add a twist to the eclectic dining room. The coffered ceiling and wood beams are exposed for an open and airy feeling, with acoustical ceiling panels to mitigate noise. Blue porcelain tile and a backlit mesh soffit highlight the open kitchen, which also includes bar-height seating for an immersive dining experience.

photo_credit Karl Moses
Karl Moses

Guests may choose from a variety of other dining settings. Large half-round booth seating provides an intimate dining experience while banquettes, open booths, and communal table seating offer more social settings with visibility to the outside. Lounge seating, including custom Chesterfield-style sofas and deep leather chairs, has a residential feeling and accommodates couples or small groups. Blue and rust hues appearing throughout the restaurant are emphasized in the seating upholstery.

photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie

An existing brick wall and metal-mesh ceiling canopy define the bar, which is made of wood and is highlighted by a blue and gray quartz countertop. The backbar incorporates metal mesh, seeded glass and an antique mirror. Overall, Olin’s interior was designed to have an inviting, eclectic feeling.

Caption
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
The Pitch by Mark Odom Studio repurposes shipping containers to form a vibrant new hub for Austin, Texas
6 Jul 2022 News
The Pitch by Mark Odom Studio repurposes shipping containers to form a vibrant new hub for Austin, Texas

Located in Austin, Texas, The Pitch is a new hospitality and entertainment complex made from shippin... More

Chalet D by monovolume architecture + design brings new life to alpine architecture
6 Jul 2022 News
Chalet D by monovolume architecture + design brings new life to alpine architecture

Located in the Austrian Alps, Chalet D is a family holiday home that includes a spa area. Modern and... More

The Natural Pavilion by DP6 architectuurstudio responds to key land-use challenges in the Netherlands
4 Jul 2022 News
The Natural Pavilion by DP6 architectuurstudio responds to key land-use challenges in the Netherlands

Designed for the Floriade 2022 Expo, The Natural Pavilion by DP6 architectuurstudio is a nearly 100%... More

Sonoma home by Mork-Ulnes Architects is defined by a strong concrete structural framework
4 Jul 2022 News
Sonoma home by Mork-Ulnes Architects is defined by a strong concrete structural framework

Overlooking the vineyards of California’s Sonoma landscape, the Frame House by Mork-Ulnes Arch... More

Top 10 Trending Tiles
4 Jul 2022 News
Top 10 Trending Tiles

From bathroom walls to flooring for living spaces, tiling provides a durable, easy-to-maintain finis... More

BIG unveils a playful, wooden, colourful factory for Vestre in the middle of the Norwegian woods
3 Jul 2022 News
BIG unveils a playful, wooden, colourful factory for Vestre in the middle of the Norwegian woods

In Manor, Norway, The Plus is a new furniture factory by BIG for furniture manufacturer Vestre. Inco... More

RH+architecture develop an intriguing urban infill strategy for a Paris neighbourhood
3 Jul 2022 News
RH+architecture develop an intriguing urban infill strategy for a Paris neighbourhood

In the 11th district of Paris, the architecture of the neighbourhood has a spontaneous feel characte... More

Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands
29 Jun 2022 News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands

  In the city center Of Heerlen, Poppodium Nieuwe Nor by diederendirrix is a unique new landma... More