Interior Design by CCS Architecture seen at Lake Chalet, Oakland - Design & Architecture
Interior Design by CCS Architecture seen at Lake Chalet, Oakland - Design & Architecture
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Design & Architecture

CCS Architecture transformed the Mediterranean Revival style building into Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill, a day and nighttime destination that has brought a surge of new energy to Lake Merritt. With 325 indoor and 100 outdoor seats, the restaurant visually and physically embraces the waterside setting, with its walking and jogging path, gondola rides and “necklace of lights” dating to 1925. New architectural elements, materials and colors pay homage to the lake and the long history of boating at the site.

On warm evenings, Lake Chalet’s dock patio is packed with patrons enjoying cocktails with views of the lake and setting sun reflecting off the East Bay hills. The dock contains a bar, lounge seating, an outdoor kitchen, and dining tables. Red umbrellas, striped awnings, and brightly colored fabrics create a festive ambiance. The Venetian Gondolier Servicio, a vendor who offers gondola rides on the lake, docks right at Lake Chalet’s pier.

Lake Chalet is more than a stunning place to enjoy the scenery in downtown Oakland. The project has transformed not only the building but the lake for the public’s enjoyment. CCS’s design creates variety, style and intimacy while connecting guests to the experience of the place.

[Images by Paul Dyer]

Meet the Creator

CCS Architecture, with offices in San Francisco and New York City, is dedicated to excellence in architecture and interior design. Since its inception in 1990, CCS has designed a diverse range of public and private buildings and interiors. The firm has gained international acclaim for the architectural and commercial success of restaurant projects, while the uniqueness of residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects has met with an unusual degree of owner satisfaction and media praise.

CCS seeks to explore opportunities of maximum potential and express them at a scale appropriate to each project. The work is firmly based in the modernist idiom, where innovation and creativity are balanced by common sense and experience. The firm is known for creating projects with exceptional spatial and material qualities, and for providing outstanding professional service.

Cass Calder Smith founded CCS Architecture in 1990, and now has three Associate Principals; Barbara Turpin-Vickroy, Taylor Lawson and Melissa Werner. The principals direct a staff of 30 between the two offices.

Available for commission/custom work