LIFT Bar Grill View

Project Location

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


Downs Archambault & Partners


WD65, HSW66

Case Study: LIFT Bar Grill View

The view is everything for LIFT Bar Grill View, according to Al Johnson, a LEED-accredited architect and associate with Downs/Archambault Architects + Planners of Vancouver, B.C., who describes the dining establishment situated on the Coal Harbour waterfront overlooking Stanly Park, a marina, and the North Shore mountains. Why?  Because the restaurant panorama is paramount to guest experience.

“It is very important to take advantage of the views and have the ability in the summer months to open up the waterfront façades as much as possible,” says Johnson. Yet with a relatively small, 5,000-square-foot floor area, it was also “imperative  to find a wall solution that allowed the doors to open and the perimeter tables to become terrace seating, adding to the sense of more space.”

Creating an Efficient Floor Plan

To keep the floor plan efficient and make the restaurant as open as possible, the design team chose two NanaWall systems, the WD65 and HSW66, to achieve the space and aesthetic concept they needed for their client. The walls were installed on the restaurant’s upper and lower patios.

“The ability to open up the space to the ocean views while providing the warmth of wood when closed in the winter months has been very successful.”

The WD65 system, a wood folding-wall system which features monumental-sized panels made of cross-grained, solid wood construction, was a natural selection due to its relationship to the natural setting and surrounding outdoors. The system’s openings allow maximum flexibility, says Johnson, “The warmth of wood was important to the architectural and interior design aesthetic, given Vancouver’s often grey skies.”

According to LIFT’s owner, Robert Lindsay, the NanaWall System is: “Fantastic. Incredible. Best opening wall system I have ever seen. During the winter months there is not even a hint of cold air flow. The system opens and closes effortlessly.”

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