F&F BLOG THOUGHTS, SCRIBBLES & CULTURE FROM AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FIRM

Another Restaurant Making News


A couple of months ago, we posted a blog about a restaurant we designed that made the news. Well, we’re back with another post about one of our restaurant designs that’s featured in the Asheville Citizens Times! Opening soon in South Asheville on Hendersonville Road is the new restaurant concept, Asia Wrap. We’ve taken an old McDonalds and given it an upscale Asian-inspired theme. The food will be a delicious, healthy take on Asian fast-casual food, and nearly all of it will be in a wrap.  Check out Asia Wrap’s website for more information on their restaraunt and to see other renderings of our design work.

Restaurant Interior

 


Dough in the News


We love seeing our clients featured in websites, news, and magazines. Last month Dough, a local bakery, restaurant and market, was featured in a blog post by Garden & Gun.  Not only was the food praised, but the space was hailed as “sleek.” Whether it’s a delicious cinnamon bun recipe that draws your interest or you’re looking for more information on a great place to shop & eat, check out this article!

 


2013 Year in Review


It’s been a great year for us at Form & Function. We’ve had the opportunity to work on some excellent projects, and we’ve added two new folks to our staff.

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Arlen Milner, Intern

Madeline

Madeline Kimbrough, Business Manager

Take a look at what we’ve accomplished this year:

Aleen Steinberg Center

What was the original real estate office for the Cliffs Community in what is now the DuPont State forest got a full renovation. The cabin is now a visitor center for the many visitors that come to the park. The lower level is now an office for the Forest Rangers.

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Click on image for more pictures of the project

 

Tuttle Educational State Forest Bathroom Renovation

An existing 1970′s restroom facility needed a grand facelift. With all new fixtures, roof, siding,  interiors and ADA compliant upgrades, this restroom facility will now be in commission for many more years for the State Forest.

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Click on image for more pictures of the project

 

118 WT Weaver Boulevard

UNCA’s acquired old MAHEC building. We renovated the existing building for its new tenants. The  Advancement Department will be moving into the upper floor of the building while the new Student Health Services will be taking over the bottom floors.

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Click on image for more pictures of the project

 

Residential Fireplace & Home Renovation

Our clients took the unfortunate incident of a chimney fire and turned it into an opportunity. We vaulted the ceiling in their living room, foyer and bedroom and designed a new fireplace with built-ins.

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We have several wonderful projects in the works for 2014.

- Industrial pre-engineered metal building for a  large local industrial client
- Unique restaurant on Riverside Drive
- Fast-casual restaurant with a new take on delicious, Asian cuisine
- Private artist studio and residence
- Modern single family Residence in East Asheville
- Renovations for Buncombe County Schools
-Reroofing of state ADACT facility

Thank you to all our clients and business associates for making our job fun, challenging, and rewarding. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Old and New School


Here’s a great example of how we blend old school/hand sketching techniques, which communicates a big picture idea softly to a client, with new 3D BIM modeling techniques showing incredible detail – down to the Winter Solstice sun angle in drawing 5/G001.

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Green Design & Development Still has to Make Someone Money


An awesome client of ours (in fact, our clients are pretty much all awesome) passed this article along:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/your-money/seeking-investments-that-are-profitable-and-a-little-bit-green.html?hp&_r=0

It seems to echo a trend we are noticing in the Asheville area of land developers realizing that a little bit of green design/construction is worth their green money. Our awesome client above talks about viewing money as another renewable resource and, if managed smartly, really does start to change how you can think about large scale development.

 

Keep an eye out for a couple of projects we’re working on with these forward-thinking developers that truly display a sense of stewardship – both environmentally and fiscally.

 


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