DII Architecture
Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA | View Map
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Black Olive Photographic


DII Architecture as Architects


A raw commercial space with some previous utilities. The owners needed 1.5 times the square footage for a new restaurant, bar, and bottle shop with rear kitchen, storage, office, coolers, utilities, and side bathrooms. A front and rear entry was needed and attention to circulation patterns and diffused afternoon daylight.


A combined space with generous light and soaring ceilings. The new space was laid out efficiently with an open bar and eating areas. An adjacent bottle shop, and kitchen/storage/bathrooms are on the perimeter. A simple material palette of reclaimed barn wood and quartz stone pair w/ the clean L-shaped elements that dictate seating. Lastly, vintage pendants(led) pop against a blacked-out ceiling.


The logistics of the ceiling were a challenge, considering existing insulation, conduit, hvac, lighting, sprinklers, etc. We minimized as much as possible, concealing & rerouting items. In the end, a matte black backdrop allows the pendants to create subtle plane of light.

There were also many obstacles to overcome in the kitchen/utility area; ie, large exhaust hood & appliances, water heater, electric panel, village & county inspections, etc. In the end, we solved all logistic hurdles.


This projects' main feature are reclaimed barn planks from Indiana. We also incorporated low voc paints & LED lighting for reveals. The appliances are also Energy Star rated. Lastly the counters for the bar & bathrooms are quartz, which will last longer than most any other product.

Material Used:

1- Reclaimed Barn Wood Sheathing

2- LED Lighting(Strips & Bulbs)

3- Quartz Counter/Bar Tops & Bathroom Vanities

4- High-Efficiency Coolers/Appliances

5- New Sprinkler & Hvac Systems

6- Energy Star Appliances

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