Takibi Restaurant

Skylab Architecture completed the Takibi Restaurant as part of the Snow Peak USA Flagship and Headquarters to give patrons a hip indoor and outdoor space for casual dining.

  • area / size 3,725 sqft
  • Year 2021
  • Type Restaurant,
  • The new Snow Peak USA Flagship and Headquarters multi-function venue (store, restaurant, and office) is located in Portland, Oregon, and is crafted around the invitation, “Let’s dwell outdoors, together.” The design is based upon three driving principles: enter the outdoors and leave the city behind, build a new language both deeply Japanese and of the Pacific Northwest, and provide strong community-building experiences. Drawing on these principles, a diverse program of retail, showroom, office space, event space, restaurant, and outdoor spaces were designed to provide ample moments to gather together around food, art, home, and nature—the core values of the Snow Peak brand.

    Situated in an existing, nondescript, four-story 1980s-era building in Northwest Portland, Snow Peak occupies 14,725 square-feet of the first two levels, with retail on the first floor and Snow Peak’s USA headquarters on the second floor. One element of the existing building that proved to be a beneficial design element is that the building is sunken along NW 23rd with a glass facade that wraps around to the parking lot.

    The design takes advantage of the connection on the east parking lot side, by expanding the conventional retail space into the outdoors with covered demonstration space.

    Upon entry, visitors are greeted with a double-height, hand-painted mural of the Snow Peak founder, Yukio Yamai. Conjuring an earthy and woodsy atmosphere, materials such as dark stone, wood flooring, hand-troweled concrete, wood paneling, and custom wall coverings were chosen for the first level. Century-old Douglas fir beams were milled and stacked into a unique wall retail fixture system in a contemporary, American-inspired nod to traditional Japanese wood building methods.

    Inspired by Snow Peak’s effect of bringing people together around fire, the ground floor features a restaurant and bar called, Takibi. Takibi has indoor dining as well as seating in its fully covered outdoor patio space. The 1,000-square-foot patio includes an open, multi-purpose space, perfect for gathering around fire pits with camp chairs.

    At its heart, the new Snow Peak USA Flagship and Headquarters invites us to be and build an outdoor community together rediscovering experiences around food, art and knowledge, home, and nature at the core of our humanity.

    Design: Skylab Architecture
    Design Team: Jeff Kovel, Brent Grubb, Reiko Igarashi, Sabrina Cheung, Conor Wood, Nick Trapani, Benjamin Halper
    ContractorBnK Construction
    Photography: AJ Meeker