Suspended above the Mission Beach boardwalk in San Diego, visitors to this coastal area can now look forward to sushi and drinks beach-side at Cannonball, the new and soon-to-be largest oceanfront rooftop bar and restaurant in the city. Colkitt&Co collaborated with Hollis Brand Culture and onairosdesign to create the design concept and branding for Cannonball, making beach-goers feel as though they are dining at a swim-up bar, but without the water. “Guests will literally put their elbows up on the bar, as though they were swimming in a pool and resting their arms on the side,” says Nathan Lee Colkitt, principal and CEO of Colkitt&Co.

Cannonball is a blend of the average American backyard pool, mixed with the service and style of a pool deck found at popular hotels and resorts. According to Colkitt, “We played with a variety of aquatic- themed elements such as traditional poolside furnishings seen in every apartment complex across America, to incorporating hotel-like services by having waiters distribute Cannonball-branded beach towels for guests.”

Additional design elements at the more-than-400-seat restaurant include pool tiles lining the restaurant perimeter with watermarks and clever signage - conceptualized by Hollis Brand Culture - reading “no depth” or “swim at your own risk.” To enhance the poolside atmosphere, Colkitt&Co has added limestone, colorful glazed tiles, weathered wood, lane lines strung along the ceiling, kickboards, life preserves and other pool accessories worked into the decor. With flooring laid in a pixelated pattern depicting the changing colors of waves, and PebbleTech ™ finish on the walls similar to the pool lining, Cannonball captures the essence of classic pool decks and beach cottages.

Photography by Sara Norris