Client: Hog Island
Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Completion date: 2014
Cass Calder Smith
Hog Island Oyster Bar reopened in San Francisco’s Ferry Building with an expanded space and menu along with a full bar. Designed by CCS Architecture, the new oyster bar is double the size of the original and offers sweeping views of San Francisco Bay.
The new expanded space provides seating for 65 inside and 65 outside. The space is anchored by three bars: a 16 seat oyster bar facing the Bay, a 10 seat cocktail bar and 7 seat chef’s counter offering mirror-reflected Bay views. There is table seating inside and out including communal tables appropriate for larger parties.
Hog Island’s history and geographical setting is referenced throughout and fabrication and artwork is by local artists and craftsmen. Recycled materials were used whenever possible and include East coast sinker cypress, oyster shells in the oyster bar top, and ipe wood from the Coney Island boardwalk used to build seating.
The centerpiece oyster bar sports a concrete and oyster shell top by Bohemian Stoneworks in Sebastopol and a base of handmade blue tiles by Blue Slide Art Tile in Point Reyes Station. All of the project’s metal fabrication is by Eclipse Design in Petaluma. The shelves at the cocktail bar are from an original 1880’s redwood foundation at the Hog Island farm in Marshall.
The interior’s nautical design features a dramatic hull-shaped ceiling of wood and rope, a nod to Hog Island’s original boat, “Spatz” which now resides in Hog Island’s Napa location. “Hog Island Blue” is featured throughout.