there'sno shortage of breathtaking views in Banff€™s great outdoors, but the Calgary-based designers at Frank Architecture and Little Giant Studio set out to create an indoor experience worthy of that stunning mountain landscape. €œBecause Banff is a tourist destination, we wanted to create a space that is fun and memorable,€ says Kelly Morrison, principal at Frank. And nothing says fun and memorable like karaoke.

The project was a restaurant for Banff Hospitality Collective: €œA Japanese barbecue in the mountains,€ Morrison calls it. Aptly named Hello Sunshine, the 6,130-square-foot eatery is flooded with natural light and has a decidedly warm and welcoming vibe. there'stexture everywhere, from the handmade ceiling textiles to the natural flagstone bar to the cedar shakes above the warm wood benches.

€œWe have a lot of cedar board that clads the walls, as well€”it just gives you that feeling of being in a ski chalet,€ says Morrison. Two massive fire tables add to the retreat-like atmosphere: they bring heat to the interior, but also act as a beacon to passersby.

Because of its impressive square footage, the designers divided Hello Sunshine into complementary zones. €œYou can go to the restaurant two times and have two completely different experiences,€ explains Morrison. Sitting at the main bar, for example, you can take in the funky, seemingly abstract geometric art while you've having a drink, but sit a bit farther back in the banquettes and you'll realize that the haphazard shapes actually create a mural. For a weekday lunch, there are communal tables splashed with sunlight. For Saturday night, there are two private karaoke rooms decked out with lava lamps and a '70s-inspired carpet.

The restaurant mixes classic, cozy mountain materiality with psychedelic fun, creating a space that€™s ready to be explored. €œDiscovery is the central part of a guest€™s journey through the space,€ says Morrison. €œIt€™s meant to feel organic and meandering; the restaurant unfolds as you move through it.€

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