Sapporo’s Japanese Grill location on Bardstown road has long been considered one of the finest sushi restaurants in the region. After many years of service, the restaurant was in need of a physical re-imagining.
Teaming with the Kiel Thomson Company, PICKETT / PASSAFIUME / ARCHITECTS (PPA) was asked to re-imagine the space. The design narrative developed out of an interpretation of the craft of making sushi. The owners (Mi and Chef Kim) bring great precision and creativity to their cuisine, and the challenge was to physically embody this spirit in the new space.
Louisville, KY Gross square footage: 6,200 sf General Contractor: Kiel Thomson Company Photography: PPA
PPA led a project team from conceptual design through construction administration for renovations of the historic Field Elementary School, and added a 6,400 SF library and lobby addition.
The new library and lobby serve as an event and bus rider entrance from the rear parking area. The addition is designed into a tight window of space to allow bus circulation patterns to remain functional. The walls of the rotated volumes are expressed as planes, like pages of a book, opening the interior to views of surrounding green spaces, connecting the exterior to the interior while directing views. The resulting geometry creates a flexible educational and event space.
Louisville, KY Gross square footage: 60,000sf Total construction cost: $2.8M Credits: Renderings and Photography: PPA
Sacred Heart Chapel
PPA was commissioned to create a dedicated Chapel space for the Sacred Heart Academy (High School). The scope required a complete re-imagining and shaping of the existing space.
The design solution defines the chapel as a ‘sacred vessel’ within which salvaged religious artifacts were utilized to further enrich the space. The entry procession, detailing, proportions and lighting were all carefully considered.
Louisville, KY Gross square footage: 1,500sf Credits: Renderings and Photography: PPA
Medora Elementary School
Fincastle Historic Restoration
Originally the Corporate Offices for the mill complex, and most recently a daycare center, this project involved the historic restoration and transformation of the Fincastle building into an upscale restaurant at the southern edge of the Germantown Mill Lofts complex.
Working with the Owner, Operator, Interior Designer and Historic Tax Credit Consultant, PPA designed and documented the restoration and complete transformation of this historically significant building.
PPA developed a new interior layout that respected the Historic character of the structure while also bringing the building into full compliance with building code and accessibility requirements. Exterior improvements included new windows and doors, canopy, and entry stairs. PPA also designed an exterior beer garden and a series of paths and landscaping elements.
Louisville, KY Gross square footage: 3,300sf General Contractor: A.L. Post Credits: Renderings and Photography: PPA
Formerly a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, many years of neglect had left this prototypical shotgun structure in disrepair and isolated.
The design strategy involved re-engaging the neighborhood by selectively ‘peeling away’ layers from the existing structure and reaching out to the street. The interior was ‘disassembled’ down to the wood framing and re-shaped to maximize light and connectivity. Salvaged materials from the building were exposed, refurbished and re-purposed in design elements throughout.
Louisville, KY Gross square footage: 2,900sf General Contractor: Shine Contracting Credits: Renderings and Photography: PPA