The Achilles Project
Retail, restaurant, bar, and even art gallery come together in this adaptable project.
3SIX0 Architecture and Design
The Achilles Project is a chic fusion of fashion, art, food, and music. Set in a former warehouse in Boston’s Fort Point Channel District, the project is an mélange of urban creativity and an extension of the edgy concrete and steel industrial shell. The narrow but deep 8,900-square-foot space is cleverly utilized to include space for fashion retail, a bar and lounge area, a 65-seater dining room, a kitchen, restrooms, offices, and a stock room.
Men and women’s designer clothing are displayed in 28 glass and steel merchandise cases that suspend from an overhead system of steel rails mounted into the ceiling. The clothing cases slide along the rails into clustered vaults by night, transforming the space into an extension of the bar and lounge area.
The chef requested that the rear dining area have the flexibility to seat both small and large parties. The uneven flooring of the warehouse would cause mismatched and wobbly tables, so the architects worked around the obstacle by designing a rail system upon which tables are mounted. The solid walnut-top tables can slide along the rail system to separate for intimate dining, or can be joined together for a feast.
The exposed brick walls that encompass the multi-purpose space serve as a gallery, featuring the work of local artists each month.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Photographer: All photos by:John Horner Photography
Floor and wall tile: Evergreen Slate Flooring (bathrooms)
Wall paneling: 1 x 4 Mahogany decking (bathrooms and changing rooms)
Resilient flooring: Eco Surfaces recycled rubber flooring (changing rooms)
Paint: Benjamin Moore
Bar: Cold rolled steel and solid walnut bar: Designed by 3SIX0 / Custom fabricated by Mystic Scenic Studios
DJ Cabinet and Cash Wrap: Cold rolled steel, etched tempered glass and solid walnut cabinets : Designed by 3SIX0 / Custom fabricated by Mystic Scenic Studios
Sliding Tables: Solid walnut and cold rolled steel sliding tables : Designed by 3SIX0 / Custom fabricated by Mystic Scenic Studios
Shoe Display Case: Tempered glass doors, backpainted tempered glass and formed metal panels: Designed by 3SIX0 / Custom fabricated by Mystic Scenic Studios
Upholstery: Ottomans and Banquettes: Designed by 3SIX0 / Custom fabricated by Thomas H. Little Company
Chairs: Emeco Navy Chair and Bar Stool
Toilets and urinal: Kohler