"The cigar bar fulfills a dream of the owner to create a social venue which caters to the unique sensibilities of his clientele. Entering from the street through a glass and metal portal, patrons climb a staircase to arrive at the front podium and at the center of the space. Patrons are invited to select their smokes from a cedar lined humidor and to match their selection with on of the many aged liquors and beers available at the bar.
We took our cues for the design from the culture of the cigar - finely crafted materials forming a diverse palette expertly mixed to create an exquisite and singular result. Mahogany and beech wood panels form the primary material enclosure augmented with brick, stone, glass, and metal. These are orchestrated in a sophisticated and minimal enclosure which is both open from front to back and differentiated by zone, separating the front seating area, bar and rear casual areas. These transitions in space are marked subtly by variations in the rhythm of overlapping planes of wood. The exterior panels are perforated to create baffles for sound attenuation. The panels along the wall contain the extensive air duct system which makes it possible to provide several air changes per hour, insuring a smoke free environment. The mechanical system is specially designed to insure that heat and cooling energy are recovered through the use of an ""energy wheel"" which transmits energy contained within the exhaust air to the incoming air stream. Lighting is primarily LED. It is used both to articulate the architectural elements - highlighting the gaps between wall and ceiling panels, for example - and to provide powerful points of focus on tables and within seating groups."