Studio RED once again teamed up with Irish restaurateur Ian Tucker to open Sawyer Yards’ newest trendy restaurant, Poitín, later this month. The new 8,000-sf Poitín is situated within Sawyer Yards in the Washington Avenue Arts district. The newly designed space includes a bar, private dining rooms and a 1,200-sf patio with downtown skyline views. The elegant design aesthetic fosters a lively atmosphere for patrons.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Ian again to design and develop this restaurant concept,” says Micah Simecek, Studio RED Principal in Charge. “He has a clear vision and is passionate about the project, making it easy for us to create unique design solutions.”
Studio RED previously partnered with Ian to launch the successful burger joint Balls Out Burger in the Heights.
Poitín is set in a mid-century, dock-height metal warehouse, and the design team worked diligently to maintain the existing industrial aesthetic while creating a warm, inviting space. The primary challenge was bringing the eye level down from the 28-foot-high ceilings to a more comfortable height. This was achieved through a series of finished wood ceilings, wing walls and catwalk-type clouds, all creating layers of transparency and reducing the vastness of the space.
One distinguishing feature Poitín boasts is unfiltered views of the downtown Houston skyline, so the design team at Studio RED preserved these views from every seat in the dining room and bar.
Poitín is scheduled to open mid-May.
About Studio RED Architects
Studio RED Architects was founded in 2004 because of a desire to create an architecture firm that was different and better. The company is dedicated to creating innovative designs that can be built within budget, providing hands-on principal involvement throughout the entire process and remaining a client-driven company rather than ego-driven. Studio RED Architects is a nationally-recognized award-winning firm and was named the 2015 AIA Houston Firm of the Year.