One of my latest projects was a restaurant design for my Hospitality Design Course last quarter. The task I was given was to design a seafood restaurant in South Lake Tahoe. Since Lake Tahoe is about 200 miles from the ocean, a seafood restaurant seemed odd to me.
I researched the indigenous fish to Tahoe and my concept became to create a supper club that is a dining destination where patrons go to spend the whole evening, from cocktail hour to enjoying night club style entertainment after dinner. Bleu Trout is located in South Lake Tahoe within the MontBleu Casino and Resort.
The design concept is inspired by the crystal clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe and the abundant varieties of trout in the creeks and streams. "Bleu Trout" brings fine dining with a casual vibe to a casino of South Lake Tahoe.
"Bleu Trout" will have cool blue backlit transparent columns mirroring the lighting effects in Montbleu. White faux finished walls will draw upon the pristine crisp winter snowfall common in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. All this crisp, cool blue and white will be warmed by a cedar canopy on the ceiling undulating like the waves of the lake, adding texture and volume. Seating textiles in dark brown leather will be utilized to additionally balance the cool blue and white.
I drew these perspectives in SketchupPro and did the photrealistic renderings where in Podium.