Introducing Odys and Penelope, a modern grill concept for the Michelin starred duo Karen and Quinn Hatfield. O+P is a 4200 square foot new restaurant build in Los Angeles and is part of the La Brea corridor revival. O+P is designed to be casual and accessible, a neighborhood place offering up all things smoked and wood fired.
The project is named Odys + Penelope in reference to three existing Corinthian columns in the space. In the Odyssey, Odysseus returns from war to Penelope in disguise and proves his identity by stating that their marital bed is carved from a live olive tree. We designed a minimal façade that is thickened by enveloping these columns. From the exterior, the façade offsets the historic interior construction. And ultimately, the thickening deepens the façade and imbues meaning to what is often, in architecture, discussed as superficial.
Our desire was to nail a new design for Angelinos that was cultivated, but not at all precious. We housed the hearth, or kitchen within a form that would center the project and complement the existing architecture. We went heavy on form and blunt crafted objects within the space with earth materials that are low budget and readily renewable.
The project offers a warm, grounded and real approach to neighborhood eatery. As Los Angeles churns with food media mania and rapid turnover, this restaurant is designed to generate community. It’s about simplicity and conservation and an honest relationship between hearth and table.