Surf Sushi Restaurant
Photography: John Benford
The Surf Sushi Bar is located on the waterfront in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in the recently completed Martingale Wharf Building on Bow Street. The design intent is to create a dramatic and contemporary interior, within the context of Portsmouth's Historic District. The interior fit-up called for approximately 75 seats at tables, including a small outdoor deck overlooking the Piscataqua River and 14 seats at the bar.
The design uses modern materials to create a fresh and colorful effect for the interior. Structural columns are wrapped in bright acrylic resin panels topped by ornamental wave forms that become area lighting fixtures. The curving custom bar uses a backlit translucent resin material to add a playful ambience. A wood slat ceiling system, backed by integrated acoustical panels and pendant lighting adds warmth to the space. Custom tables, booths and millwork reflect a high level of craftsmanship, while a local artist provided custom artwork to compliment the setting.