Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture

Architects: A Parallel Architecture
Project: Qui Restaurant
Location: Austin, Texas, United States
Area: 278 sqm
Photography: Casey Dunn

Conceived of as a beacon-like sanctuary within its gritty industrial neighborhood, this 3000sf space serves as Top Chef and James Beard Award Winner Paul Qui’s flagship restaurant. Working partially within strict limits of the original building’s footprint and massing, the Qui restaurant embraces its relationship to the site and rekindles its dialogue with the evolving neighborhood.

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 1

A unique plan diagram allows for guest reception with direct access from the pedestrian-heavy 6th street or from the rear parking lot, and the simple, yet sculptural roof forms subtly nod toward both the sacred and the home, two parallels the chef wanted to convey to his guests.

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 2

The stylistically abstract, hard protective outer shell gives way to a richly textured progression of warm interior spaces, including an indoor/outdoor courtyard, bar, dining room, special format tasting room and completely open kitchen. Inside, extensively repurposed materials from the original building imbue the space with character and contextual history.

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 3

The experimental, craft-based ethic of the chef convey in the spirit and details of the architecture, which incorporates hand-made pottery elements, integrated art installations, and operable sliding walls that allow the spaces to be reconfigured for special events (or at the whim of the chef). Even the trunk of a pecan tree that once grew through the roof of the original building has been milled into tabletops and plateware.

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 4

Continually acclaimed by critics and foodies as one of country’s best and most innovative restaurants, the building acts as a true workspace first and foremost, offering guests a unique opportunity to engage and participate with the boundless creativity and expertise of its proprietors (or as we like to think of it, stepping into Paul Qui’s mind).

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 5

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 6

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 7

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 8

Qui Restaurant in Austin by A Parallel Architecture 9

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Ryan House by Arthouse Architects is a Contemporary Take on the Gable Form

Ryan House is located on a large 6,500m² plot on the outskirts of Blenheim. “There is a lot of development going on in the Springlands part of the town where the house is sited, and Hamish Ryan had already collaborated with us ...

An Old Amsterdam Apartment Transformed by i29 into a Fresh Loft

A former rental apartment in de Pijp, Amsterdam is transformed by i29 into a fresh and spacious loft. Originally, this old Amsterdam apartment had many rooms and scarce daylight. The main objective was to achieve maximum use of natural light and to create a spatial experience.

Tribeca Condo Comes Alive With Fresh Palette of Colors and Textures

Prior to the renovation, exposed brick, a mix of colors including off-white, beige, brown, and muted green, and dark hardwood floors made for a more traditional look, but it felt a bit too dark, even during peak daylight hours. The Tribeca condo project started in June 2016, and had to be completed by December 2016 in time for the baby’s arrival.

Grey-Toned Apartment in Taipei / Wei Yi International Design Associates

This grey-toned apartment is a project in Zhuwei, Tam.sui (Taiwan) with a floor area of 270 m2. The condo faces the estuary of Tamsui River and sits against Mt. Datun.

Renovation of a Functionalist Villa “Indian Ship”

Studio Idhea renovated a 1936 Villa by Vladimír Grégr called The Indian Ship. Inspired by the haciendas and villas of Californian movie stars, this villa is a good example of the aerodynamic functionalism with its distinctive conical external walls and wood siding.

Owl Ditch Ranch in Wyoming / Carney Logan Burke Architects

Features of the riparian site were thick cottonwood and conifer tree cover and a man-made pond and irrigation channel flowing from the Snake River from which the property takes its name, Owl Ditch Ranch.