SEASIDE, CA (January 5, 2014) – Studio Schicketanz, one of the leading architecture and interior design firms in the Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur area, recently completed the restoration of The Press Club, also known as the Charles Moore Café, at the Monterey County Weekly. The versatile club, open to the Seaside community, includes the Perfectly Pressed Juice Bar ‘n’ Café, a performance venue, art space and sculpture garden. The goal of opening The Press Club was to create an intellectual environment for professionals and students alike.
Studio Schicketanz designed a creative and stimulating environment, turning a retail space into a modern oasis for the community. Known for its commitment to sustainability, the firm harnessed the existing building’s 25-plus skylights and solar panels and made various adjustments to the exterior and interior to improve sustainability. Improvements included the replacement of all windows and the conversion of the metal industrial garage door into glass, which now introduces natural light and acts as a second entrance to the café and seating area. Studio Schicketanz also utilized reclaimed wood to build the great table and hand-hewn white oak juice bar, and made the booths out of salvaged red leather from a Napa warehouse affected by a recent earthquake.
The original building, which housed several small shops, was revamped and opened up into one, large space to create the expansive café environment. The minimal interior is punctuated with industrial lighting and wood and steel tables, as well as sculptures, graphics and paintings that further echo the creative and academic theme. Behind the café, Studio Schicketanz designed a garden and new seating area around the existing Jim Wood sculpture, creating an interesting gathering point to share a cup of coffee or a delicious glass of fresh-squeezed juice.
World-renowned architect and AIA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Charles Moore originally built the structure in 1959 for his brother-in-law. The Press Club pays homage to the renowned architect and academic who taught at UC Berkeley and continues to inspire architects and creatives worldwide.
About Studio Schicketanz
Studio Schicketanz is a full-service architecture firm based in Carmel that provides a wide range of architectural and interior design services. The firm specializes in custom building design; green, LEED certified, sustainable architecture; residential and commercial interior design; historic preservation/restoration and remodeling; land-use and coastal planning; and assistance in real estate due diligence research and feasibility studies. Forward-looking, but never trendy, Studio Schicketanz is a hybrid firm of architects and interior designers that offers clients the full-package when designing and constructing a new home or custom building.