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Neubert Architects, Inc.

Posted: December 2, 2020 | Projects

Hinterhof (which means “backyard”) is a vegan German restaurant, bar, and beer garden in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. 

Photo Courtesy of Brian Thomas Jones

Aesthetically, the main challenge for the project was to capture the look, feel, and spirit of a historical German food establishment in a contemporary Southern Californian design culture and geographic climate. 

To heighten the social impact, the garden is placed adjacent to the boulevard and the restaurant is situated to the rear. Patrons walk through the laughter of the beer garden upon entering Hinterhof. Planted with native species, the garden envelopes visitors in the ongoing conversations as they walk in. The interiors are designed to engage the lineage of the beer hall through material selection and detailing. Tables, display cases, and lighting were designed and fabricated to complete the overall impression of the space.  The result is a fusion mixture of Los Angeles and Berlin that provides the eclectic background of a hip vegan German food establishment in modern Los Angeles.

This is not a traditional German restaurant. The floor is concrete, the decor is minimalist, and the soundtrack is subdued. There is no loud polka music playing in the background. If you’re expecting to escape to Bavaria, think again. This is a modern, hip Berlin-style German restaurant transplanted to chic, sunny Los Angeles.

Neubert Architects, Inc. designed Hinterhof, which includes a 75-seat interior dining hall and a bar evoking traditional German social halls. The 30-seat exterior beer garden poetically connects to the visual and spatial history of Berlin backyard spaces and gatherings, and serves as the focal point and entrance.
The primary technical challenge, in addition to the City of Los Angeles’ standard zoning restrictions affecting restaurant/bar development, was the building’s high seismic requirements. These restraints required extensive geotechnical analysis and engineering solutions to ensure the building would survive the “big one” when it occurs. 

Building Envelope: James Hardie
Roofing: CertainTeed
Interior: USG, James Hardie
Entrances & Storefront, Curtain Wall, Windows: Arcadia Incorporated
Lighting: CWI Custom Wrought Iron

Aaron Neubert Architects, Inc.
2814 Rowena Avenue, Ste. 1
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Structural Engineer
Craig Phillips Engineering and Design, Inc.
2123 Vestal Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Hariton Engineering
456 E. Orange Grove Boulevard, Ste. 301
Pasadena, CA 91104

General Contractor
Paradise General Contractors
P.O. Box 91634
Pasadena, CA 91109

Date Bid: May 2017
Construction Period: Oct 2017 to Jan 2019         
Total Square Feet: 2,100
Site: .25 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 2,100; total, 2,100 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 18′5″; total, 18′5″.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood frame 
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Wood.
Roof: Built-up.
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2020 issue of DCD