Substance Architecture

Proof Restaurant

Des Moines, Iowa

This restaurant interior was accomplished with the sparest means on a quite modest budget. The space had been a deli, with a 1960s feel. All of the interior partitions within the dining room were removed, and the kitchen and bathrooms were maintained. Along the wall separating the kitchen and dining room a new plane was constructed, aligning with the top of the windows, with a reveal base. This drywall plane was skimcoated and clear finished – as a very affordable alternative to venetian plaster.

New oak floors were installed and the windows were frosted to the height of the table tops, with the restaurant’s name dropped out of the frosting. Finally the bathrooms were painted a vibrant green as a contrast to the monochromatic and minimal dining room.

Photography by Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

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