The French Laundry
Area: 6,000 sf/
Location: Yountville, CA/
typology: Private, Hospitality/
year: 2015, 2018/
Where Chef Keller’s meditative choreography unfolds each night.
To mark its 20th anniversary The French Laundry undertook an extensive renovation of the renowned restaurant’s historic property. The expanded kitchen, new annex building, and extended courtyard garden, the renovation signals an unwavering pursuit of the craft and service that have earned The French Laundry three Michelin stars.
The temporary kitchen exhibits our opportunistic approach towards interim uses, employing the speed and economy of modular components with customized elements to support specific programs. At the French Laundry, we recreated Chef Keller’s original kitchen within modular containers — preserving the functional configurations of the equipment and stations — and placed it within the existing garden. A thirty-foot-wide ribbon window establishes a moment of two-way communication between patrons and chefs, an idea carried through to the renovated kitchen.
Every element of the new kitchen’s design works to amplify the efficiency and focus of Chef Keller’s esteemed operation. With 25 percent more space, the renovated kitchen unites the culinary team in one continuous space, providing an
The courtyard garden, now double in size, underscores The French Laundry’s unmatched attention to the guest experience. From the gate, past the annex, around the kitchen, and to the restaurant’s iconic blue door, each threshold frames a moment of beauty and anticipation.