Ground Kontrol

Our concept for the remodel of this beloved Portland hang-out was to blur reality and turn the space into something a little less concrete, almost like stepping into a wireframe drawing of a space in a video game.  We started by painting the space a dark flat grey, to blur details and turn walls into shadows, then we defined the lines of the architecture with fiber optic cables that punch out the frame of the space.  In the restrooms we took our cue from the most classic of all classic arcade games; the men’s restroom floor is a to-the-pixel accurate rendition of Pacman, the women’s is Ms. Pacman. 

2012 BarFly Magazine Award Winner—Best Bathroom Ack-shawn

2012 Annual Northwest Design Awards Finalist—Hospitality Design

2011 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award Finalist

Photos by Lincoln Barbour