Designing a building can be creative business that involves a lot of inquiry: Do you want it to blend in with your surroundings? Do you want it to stand out among the other buildings? Do you want it to be memorable? There are many unique and famous building designs throughout the world, some of them, like the Flatiron Building in New York City are more memorable for the building than for the companies they house.
Restaurants generally tend to want to stand out from the crowd, especially as more and more franchises take over. Even many chains like McDonald’s are trying to have more unique designs for their restaurants to compete with the architecture so-called “fast casual” chains like Panera Bread and Chipotle, which are becoming increasingly popular.
There are many different spins you can put on your building when designing your restaurant. In Poland, for example, there is the Krzywy Domek, which translates as ‘crooked house’, a shopping mall that is famous throughout the world. The front two buildings contain restaurants. Now talk about a unique building design.
Now, your restaurant doesn’t have to get that elaborate to be unique. This is one of the most unique buildings in the world. Many famous architects, such as Gaudi, were inspired by artists when creating their building. So while you are looking for bits of inspiration, try designing a building around your favorite artwork or painting and see what you come up with. You never know how it might inspire you to make your windows, or you stairs or other bits and pieces of your building stand out from the crowd.
Many buildings also are unique based off the product that they are selling or their food. This tea-shaped building is one example of how you can build your building based off your brand name. However, that might make it hard to resell it should there ever come a time when you decide to move buildings!
Meitan Tea Museum, China
Tonneau Bistro & Bar, Okinawa, Japan
Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, Colorado, USA
The Donut Hole Bakery, La Puente, California
These are just a few examples of how a unique building design can really change the way people think and talk about your restaurant. A unique design can get people talking about you, and it also serves a great visual way for people to remember your business. Since people tend to remember spatial and geographical locations very well, this will really help people remember your restaurant, which is good. You want them to remember you when they are thinking about where they should go! A unique building can be the best advertiser and marketer that you could get.
Just remember a good design is no good without being practical. The best design is one that makes peoples’ lives easier and is also useful. So a great design is going to make your life easier by assisting you in the things you want to do with your restaurant, while also being aesthetic and eye-catching.
Written by Kent Murdock, owner of Randy Adams Construction in Columbia, MO. Randy Adams Construction is one of the premiere commercial construction companies in Mid-Missouri.