Built within a 2‚600 square foot space in the 1926 Buick Building is Hatch, a vibrant breakfast and brunch destination for Oklahoma City. The skinny shell presented challenges in creating a full kitchen and prep area within the shotgun space. But the height and volume of the rectangular shell provided unique opportunities for the architecture to engage the space and the users. The tiered dining areas that are connected by ramps were driven by the difference in the finished floor levels at the front and rear entrances. The rear entrance to the Buick building lobby is where the restrooms are located so, although only one accessible entrance was required, both are now accessible.
As a result, the tiered seating enhances the dining experience, with more connectivity to the front. A prominent sculptural ceiling plane and lighting element were created in combination with a circulation datum running the length of the space. Together, these bold elements work together to become the central articulation of the restaurant design. Large 6- and 9-foot windows line the north wall and deliver natural morning light to those in the seating areas. An outdoor patio was added that allows the cracked motif of the sculptural ceiling plane to be expressed on the exterior of the building. The ceiling and patio screen are meant to look like a fractured egg; hence, Hatched.
Behind the scenes, all equipment is behind the shroud and an upstairs office connects to the building stair allowing management to share storage resources with their adjoining restaurant.