Seattle, WA
Posted December 22, 2000

Cascadia, an upscale restaurant in the Belltown section of Seattle, celebrates the city's rainy reputation with a custom focal point. Designers at Girvin (Seattle) built a 63-square-foot "rain portal" wherein water runs between two frosted glass panes. Fiberoptics light a panel, which separates the dining and kitchen areas with a vignette of the Cascade Mountains.

Custom design appears throughout the restaurant in the form of mosaic tile flooring, antique cherry casework, upholstery and a white onyx bar top.

Client: Cascadia Restaurant, Seattle -- Kerry Sear and Heidi Grathwol, owners

Design: Girvin Inc., Seattle -- Tim Girvin, principal; Jeff Haack, design director; Michael Stearns, senior designer

Outside Consultants: MoBerg Epstein, Seattle (architect of record); J. Miller & Associates, Seattle (lighting design); R. Miller Inc., Seattle (general contractor)

Suppliers: TRSW, Tacoma, Wash. (fixturing); Bentley, Seattle (carpet); Duluth Timber, Seattle (wood flooring); Grange Furniture Inc., New York (furniture); Trade Mark Signs, Seattle (signage)

Photography: Steve Keating Photography, Poulsbo, Wash.