Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Architect: Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.
Owner: Elvis & Miza Investments, LLC
Contractor: Friede & Associates, LLC
When the Client purchased the property, they had a vision to create an entirely new image and dining experience and lose the ties to the past business operations that occupied the space. Because the existing structure was to remain in place, the design had to create a new entity based solely around the existing structure, both exterior and interior.
Situated “on the main strip” of Wisconsin Dells, the site is highly visible to more than a million visitors each year. While location of the existing structure was set, adding a new outdoor dining experience would expand the interior offerings. Within the limited and confined site constraints, outdoor dining patios were incorporated in a configuration that utilized the available space with high visibility, while providing outdoor diners a sense of privacy through use of an interacting overhead trellis, screening and landscaping. Relocating the entrance created a new line-of-sight for guests approaching the restaurant.
Working from the Client’s vision, the architect formulated an exterior façade to fit with a sophisticated family dining experience. Natural wood, stone and EIFS blends in a rhythm to provide the statement. Differing roof types, accenting the positive while quietly screening existing negatives, aided the design effort. While wall configurations did not change from the existing structure, the new facility emerged with its own identity under the use of the new materials. Further, the concept of natural materials carries from the exterior to the interior, proving a bar and dining experience of family, comfort, sophistication and togetherness.
The B-Lux Grill and Bar renovation design is a firsthand example of how appropriate design can lead to a new facility without the need to raze an existing structure.
Photos: JakeRost Photography