Melanie West: Urban Table and Home

Artist Statement

Urban Table and Home is a restaurant and bed and breakfast located in the historic Berry Building in downtown Columbia, Missouri. This is a proposal for an adaptive reuse of the heavy timber structure to implement different spaces that encourage travelers and users to interact with each other and create community. The inspiration for this project was hot pot, a traditional Chinese meal where individuals come together around a shared pot of boiling broth with loose vegetables, fish, and thinly sliced meat. Individuals take out and add in things as they please and usually have an array of their own spices and herbs to personalize their own bowl. The meal is considered more of an experience rather than just eating. Hot pot is something that I am very passionate about and I wanted to use this concept to inspire the overall space, vibrant material palette, and various abstract aspects of my design.

About the Project 

  • Title of Work: Urban Table and Home
  • Medium: Three 24"x36" Presentation Boards
  • Student's Name: Melanie West
  • Major: Architectural Studies (Interior Design)
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2021
  • Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas
  • Student's Mentor: Lyria Bartlett
  • Mentor's Department: Architectural Studies
  • Art Project ID: 21VADS - 029


Mary Rook

Very impressive concept! Wall herb garden and sauce themed rooms are amazing details! Way to go Mel!


Vaughn S Ericson

I love the hot pot inspiration and the overall use of the space. I would love to spend a few days at a place like this.


Jim Spain

Really enjoyed this concept - this type of B&B with the shared dining experience would be especially unique and appropriate for the many visitors and guests our community hosts - it would provide them with the sense of community that defines Columbia.


Michele Ericson

Your project is awesome!


Heather Weinstein

Looks great!


Roland Keske

Love the concept. Would definitely stay and eat there.


Russell Keske

You did an awesome job at highlighting each aspect of your project. I really enjoyed the concept and architecture! I would definitely stay there! 


Peggy Salts

I love the colors in your design. 


Elliot Keske

Great job! Would definitely stay there! Looks beautiful!