RDC-S111 - Sky Deck Del Mar, a flavor of global influence
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Sky Deck Del Mar, a flavor of global influence


Hospitality  /  Completed

Sky Deck is a gastronomic concept that shifts the culinary trends of community social gathering. Distinct from a food hall, Sky Deck is a place to immerse in a communal dining experience with a collection of interconnected restaurants in one vast space. Located in the San Diego coastal town of Del Mar and situated atop a local organic market, Sky Deck’s 26,700 square foot expansive space integrates 6,360 square feet of adjoining al fresco decks and patios offering various outdoor communal areas. The food hall showcases local chef-driven San Diego restaurant concepts that offer a flavor of global influence. This innovative collective blends individual restaurants that surround a central luxe-cocktail bar, a co-working café, and an elevated beer garden named Brewers Deck. The multi-level, indoor/outdoor experience offers nine unique dining concepts transporting visitors around the globe with a unique dining experience. Sky Deck’s main feature is an expansive 35’ X 60’ skylight that guides daylight and views of the evening sky into the center of the space. A key design for Sky Deck was the concept of a “diorama”. This design concept was achieved through the creation of a series of large found object art installations, paired with a 120’-0” large-scale mural commissioned by a local artist. These art elements are creatively curated as a collection of ‘nautical industrial’ art that echoes Del Mar’s beaches and San Diego’s port city lineage. In keeping with the maritime theme, four boats are suspended from the ceiling along with netting, buoys, pulleys and fish carved out of driftwood. The boats and other objects that are suspended from the ceiling are described as “found objects” with nautical connections. Along with found objects skylight technology, murals, environmental graphics, and lighting were used to create an authentic and memorable experience for visitors. All common areas in the project offer many public amenities and hospitality to the community. The common wash area features a steel barn door integrated with wall and ceiling murals for an intricate layering of found objects transformed into sculptural art. Sky Deck is a culinary collection where each area has its own unique characteristics, creating the sensation that diverse experiences are interconnected. Its unique multi-zone, multi-story spatial layout creates an environment of discovery and revelation that invites its local neighborhood and the broader community to immerse into.


 San Diego
 United States
 Donahue Schriber Realty Group, Inc.
 26700 mq
 Harvey General Contractors
 Benny Chan


RDC is a full-service architectural design firm headquartered in downtown Long Beach, CA, USA. RDC has over 160 architects with offices in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Rogers, San Diego and Shanghai. RDC is a design collaborative, with over 40 years in practice, dedicated to inventive solutions that transform the constraints of each project into the design trajectory. RDC is an award-winning, industry leader who invests in a collaborative approach that results in architecture that is of enduring value to the partnership with their clients and their communities. RDC’s expertise and innovative culture is drawn from the diverse collegial atmosphere of our specialization in brand understanding, retail, store planning, interiors, hospitality, wellness and entertainment design. RDC leverages a multidisciplinary approach from start to finish and are committed to responsibly and positively impact the built environment as ambassadors of sustainability innovation.



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