Kaiyo Rooftop


Kaiyo Rooftop

William Duff Architects

WDA’s work for Kaiyo Rooftop, located atop a 12-story hotel in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood, realizes a visionary client’s desire to create a destination rooftop oasis within the urban landscape. Richly textured design elements echo an inventive Japanese-Peruvian menu, while capturing a cross- cultural vibe that feels at once appealingly familiar, and intriguingly exotic. On the rooftop, a steel- framed, open-air pergola structure with an Ipe wood ceiling houses the bar. The bar features a luminescent quartzite top over a vibrant green base composed of handmade tile. Completing the tropical look are woven light pendants and framing the back bar’s wood shelving is a custom metal screen designed with Modern Metal Designs, whose abstract pattern is a subtle nod to the Kaiyo logo. The project’s technically challenging parameters notwithstanding, the resulting fusion of cuisine, design and architecture is an aesthetically well considered journey into another world.

Key Team Members

Jonathan Tsurui — Principal, Retail Practice Leader, WDA Team
Chris Telles - Project Manager, WDA Team
Parvathy Nair — Job Captain, WDA Team
Dillon Parker – Sr. Technical Architect, WDA Team
Scott Hunter - Designer, WDA Team
Interior Designer: ROY Hospitality, Consultants
Structural Engineer: DCI, Consultants
MEP Engineers: ACIES Engineering, Consultants
MEP Engineers: ACIES Engineering, Consultants
Custom Metal Design and Fabrication: Modern Metal Designs, Consultants
Lighting: Sixteen5hundred, Consultants
Client: John Park, Restaurateur, Consultants
Photographer: Patrik Argast (1-4) and Equal Parts Media (5), Consultants