Loading Dock Westshore Tampa, Florida

General View

General View

Kitchen

Kitchen

Serving Line

Serving Line

Sign

Sign

Model

Model

Model Eye Level

Model Eye Level

Model View Plan

Model View Plan

Location Plan

Location Plan

first floor plan

first floor plan

Second Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

longitudinal section

longitudinal section

Client: The Loading Dock, Inc.

Location: 1408 N. Westshore Boulevard

Site: A 2,000 square foot retail space in an indoor atrium that connects two 12-story office towers.

Program Challenge: The challenge was to design a modern sandwich shop that incorporated seating for 120, manager’s office, walk-in cooler, sandwich and storage areas, bar, serving line, salad bar, and existing toilet facilities.

Solution: Rowe Architects design for The Loading Dock Westshore was inspired by Ybor City warehouse structures as well as the original Loading Dock Downtown’s industrial warehouse aesthetic and its similar serving line-bar plan configuration. The program was simplified and assigned to various volumes arranged sculpturally within the given confines of the space. Each was expressed in contrasting everyday industrial materials.

The existing toilet volume was clad with wafer board sheathing. The sandwich preparation area is concealed by a second volume whose walls are sheathed in green chalk board upon which the menu is written. The third volume, which contains the office and walk-in cooler, was clad in corrugated, galvanized steel panels, specifically inspired by Ybor City warehouse structures. A low wall/handrail, made of wood stud framing, is internally illuminated and sheathed in translucent fiberglass panels. The heavy timber columns, knee braces, and beams recall the 1907 structure of the original Loading Dock and the aluminum tread plate flooring and painted concrete floors add to the industrial aesthetic. The overhead garage doors at the atrium also maximize exposure and allow seating to extend into the atrium.

The project was honored with AIA Florida’s Honorable Mention Design Award in 1992 and AIA Tampa Bay’s 1992 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture.

Merit Award – Lay Jury, 1992, AIA Tampa Bay
Merit Award – Peer Jury, 1992, AIA Tampa Bay

Published, 1991, “Florida Architect” AIA Florida, May / June issue
Published, 1992, “Designers World”, October issue