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RePUBlic Gastropub, Oklahoma City, Okla.

RePUBlic Gastropub, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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    South entry elevation with super screen and signage portal.
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    East entry with bubble-glass vestibule.
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    Bubble-glass vestibule and triangular-shaped duct.
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    View from the bubble-glass vestibule into the dining room. Beer wall displays 1,342 different brands of beer.
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    Dining room view looking west with the bubble wall on the left (south) wall and reflected on the west glass wall.
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    South dining area along the bubble wall. The triangular duct encircles the space.
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    Bar detail.
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    Bubble wall view looking from south bar tip.
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    South wall view looking west.
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    Bubble wall looking up at ceiling edge from booth below.
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    Color-changing light creates a passage to the bathrooms.
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    Color-changing light creates a passage to the bathrooms.
 

“The coolest sports bar in America” was the client's request, and that's what architect Rand Elliott delivered. Located in a brand new upscale retail development promoting local Oklahoma City businesses, RePUBlic Gastropub is the anchor tenant of 26 storefronts. Elliott wanted to create a place that would celebrate the “spirit of sport” but at the same time be a great dining experience. The design and the accompanying material palette—steel, terrazzo, wood, leather, and glass—recall the power and grace of athletes, and make sports fans and non-sports fans alike feel comfortable in the space.

The restaurant is divided into two areas: a bar, which seats 30 customers; and a dining area, a combination of booths and tables, which seats 171. The bar's main focus and primary source of ambient light is a 200-inch projection screen, and there are also 103-inch plasma screen TVs and a two-story beer cooler and bottle display. These elements are countered by a singular design feature: a two-tiered glass wall with a pattern of individual bubbles of different sizes (1½ and 2 inches in diameter) that wraps the entire restaurant. Composed of glass sheets (the upper panels measure 5 feet 8 inches wide by 7 feet 6 inches tall, and the lower panels measure 5 feet 8 inches wide by 1 foot 6 inches tall) coated with an amber film, full-scale drawings were used to study the right density for the bubble pattern. Backlit with LED strips, the wall becomes a continuous light datum that adds a sophisticated sensibility to this pub.

Jury Comments: Contemporary and muscular with a nice use of materials. • The bubble is a nice feature and way of introducing a singular design element. • The designer is not afraid to let the space be dark.