Zola Bistro

Zola Bistro


Zola Bistro provides a fresh take on material expression combining raw, industrial steel with warm, American walnut details reflecting the bistro’s rust belt context. The original cafe’s brick walls are reinterpreted as a wooden “brick” screen. This mortar-less wall undulates and calibrates to balance desired lighting and provides a dynamic backdrop. The final configuration of the wall, and varied spacing of the bricks, allows the wall to augment both front lighting during the day and back lighting at night.

Project Details

Project Location | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Status | Completed, 2014
PLY+ Design Team | Craig Borum, FAIA, William Carpenter, AIA, Caileigh MacKellar
PLY+ Fabrication | Ian Donaldson, Joseph Fillipelli, Daniel Glick-Untermann, John Guinn, Young-Tack Oh, Anna Schaefferkoetter, Andrew Wolking
Steel Fabrication | John Walter, Metal LLC
Fabrication Assistance | Taubman College Metal and Digital Lab
Photography | Adam Smith


AIA Honor Award Michigan 2014