Asian Fusion

Asian Fusion RestaurantNorfolk, VAType/ CommercialTime / 2020-2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ ConceptThis is a drive-through restaurant serving healthy Asian fusion food. It is a hybrid model between fast casual and quick service restaurants. It emphasizes high quality food and a nice dining environment, while at the same time, it is self-serviced with drive through and pickup options. A butterfly roof separates naturally the dining …

Care More

Care More MoversNorfolk, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/Care More MoversStatus/ Under ConstructionWhen we design a physical space, it always starts with understanding the business and the brand. Care More Movers provides moving concierge services, a one-stop shopping to take care of customers’ needs in all aspects before, during, and after moving. The retail space wants to present this business model instead of …

Handle 19

Handle 19 Premium SportsbookWashington DCType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThis project will be Handle 19 Premium Sportsbook’s flagship location. The 3-story historic building just a stone’s throw away from the Capital has a lot of potentials as well as challenges. We have been working closely with our client and his team to transfer the building into sportsbook spaces and a …

Feasibility Study – Jumpstart your commercial project

Are you looking to start your own business and need an inspiring space?  Perhaps you have two spaces in mind but not sure which one will align better with your business plan? Maybe you want to renovate your current space to attract more customers? Are you struggling with how to fully optimize the space available? You may already have a …

Get Well Soon

Get Well SoonNorfolk, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedAward/ HRACRE 2020 Best Interior Excellence Awards Located in Norfolk, Virginia, Get Well Soon is a sanctuary focused on self-care and personal wellness.  Get Well Soon will be serving the residents of Coastal Virginia by offering services that include guided meditations, massages, facials, an infrared sauna, social activities and more!  This unique concept for …

Got Fish?

Got Fish?Hampton, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2020Client/ PrivateStatus/ CompletedAward / HRACRE 2020 Best Recreational/Entertainment/Hospitality Project Merit AwardsThis project is Got Fish’s first location in Hampton Roads. Got Fish earned their reputation by providing their customers with fresh, high quality seafood and began to grow their loyal clientele by driving their food truck in seven cities located in the Hampton Roads area. The design …

The Ruff House Play & Stay

The Ruff House Play & StayChesapeake, VATime/ 2019The sister location of Bayside Kennels, the Ruff House project covers a 10,000SF dog daycare and boarding facility located in Chesapeake, VA. The design involved converting an existing warehouse/office complex into a welcoming and functional space for doggies and other animals with good flow for easy operations. Multiple discussions with the clients about …

The Ruff House Play & Stay II

The Ruff House Play & Stay IIVirginia Beach, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2021Client/ PrivateStatus/ Under ConstructionThe Bayside Kennels in Virginia Beach is a sister location of Ruff House Play & Stay in Chesapeake, which we designed back in 2019. The owners were incredibly happy with the Ruff House design and would like to rebrand the VA Beach location with the same name …

Hilltop Medical Center

Hilltop Medical CenterVirginia Beach, VAType/ Health CareTime/ 2019Client/ Tidewater Eye CenterStatus/ Under ConstructionThe Hilltop Medical Center project is a renovation intended to refashion a contemporary clinic image for the Hilltop Medical Center building built in early 2000. After testing several design options, GARC and the Client came up with a simple and elegant solution that integrates exterior transformation with interior improvements. …

Tidewater Eye Center

Tidewater Eye CenterVirginia Beach, VAType/ HealthcareTime/ 2019Client/ Tidewater Eye CenterStatus/ CompletedThe project is a full renovation for Tidewater Eye Center’s new Virginia Beach location. Working together with the client, GARC has created a more efficient layout on the interior by creating three “pods” for the clinic. The pods help minimize the distance travelled for patients, doctors, and technicians, which was common …

Siloagora

SiloagoraGuangzhou, ChinaType/ CultureTime/ 2013Client/ CompetitionStatus/ DesignThis design scheme transforms the silo from a closed monolithic structure to an open multi-layered platform. It keeps its unique profile, while integrating the new program to the site. Unfolding: The Silo is subdivided vertically into three rings of program spaces for the new art center. The middle one, at ground level, is opened up …

Off The Hook Restaurant

Off The Hook RestaurantChesapeake, VAType/ RestaurantTime/ 2018-PresentClient/ PrivateStatus/ Construction DrawingsOff the Hook is an award-winning seafood restaurant with two locations in Chesapeake and Norfolk, Virginia. This project centers around a third site, also located in Chesapeake, and is where the current restaurant in Chesapeake will be relocated.  It involves  converting an existing, free standing building into two restaurants with a contemporary …

Honoka Restaurant

Honoka Restaurant1345 Kempsville Road, Suite 100 Virginia Beach VA 23464Type/ Restaurant Time/ 2018 Client/  Honoka Teriyaki Express Contractor/ Spacemakers, Inc. Kitchen Equipment/ Crest Foodservice Equipment Signage/ Cardinal Sign Corporation (Exterior Sign); Image360 (Interior Sign) Furniture/ Goold Furniture & Design (Table and Pendant Light) Status/ CompleteLocated at the intersection of Indian River and Kempsville road, Honoka Teriyaki Express is a prototype …

Hanaki Restaurant

Hanaki RestaurantChesapeake, VAType/ CommercialTime/ 2018Client/ Hanaki SushiStatus/ Construction DocumentHanaki is a sushi restaurant located in Chesapeake VA.  After 10 years and a growing popular reputation, the owner decided to update the look of the space into a more contemporary design.  The challenge is to keep the existing overall layout to minimize the construction time and cost, while creating a systematic …

Judy’s Restaurant II

Judy’s Restaurant IIChesapeake, VAType / CommercialStatus/ CompletedClient/ Judy’s Sichuan CuisineContractor/ Spacemakers, Inc.This is the second location of Judy’s Sichuan Cuisine. The owner, Judy, challenged GARC to create a different personality at  this location, but at the same time integrate similar design elements from its sister location in Virginia Beach. Another challenge we faced was to effectively define the large, open dining …

Six Arts Academy

Six Arts AcademyJiangsu, ChinaTime/ 2016Type/ Campus PlanningStatus/ Design Competition EntryCollaborator/ Southeast University Design InstituteLiuyi Guan is an Art School located in the southeast of China. It is famous for its focus on teaching Chinese tradition to K-12 students. Liuyi means “Six Arts”. Those six arts include Rites, Music, Archery, Charioteering, Calligraphy, and Mathematics. Liuyi origin begins in the Zhou Dynasty …

Judy’s Restaurant I

Judy’s Restaurant IVirginia Beach, VA Type / Commercial Time / 2015 Client / Judy’s Sichuan Cuisine Status / Under Construction Contractor / Spacemakers, Inc. Mural Design / Yizhi XuJudy’s Sichuan already enjoyed a reputation as “Best Chinese Restaurant” in Virginia, as rated by Yahoo Food 2015. But this wasn’t enough for the owner. She also wanted to challenge the stereotypical views …

Urban Thread

Urban ThreadNewark, NYType/ CommercialTime/ 2009Client/ CompetitionStatus/ DesignThe scheme explores how a visitor center can be a discovery device for the city based on the concepts of “thread” and “window.” For the former, the center serves as an interface between interior/exterior, nature/culture, and local/global. For the latter, it uniquely directs visitors’ attention to the city around it, thus encouraging exploration.ConceptA single …