Last week the AIA/LA announced its choices for this year’s most notable food-friendly architecture mavericks with its annual Restaurant Design Awards. Designs ranged from an up-cycled (in this case, stripped down and revamped Lina Bo Bardi style) pizza parlor in Culver City to a Guggenheim Museum centerpiece to a repurposed church in Maine.
“We tried to design a modern twist on a Gothic Methodist church…buttresses, laser cut patterns on the bar and upholstering old pews,” said architect Ryan Wither for Grace Restaurant in Portland, Maine. The restaurant’s logo and the bar floor plan emulate an old trefoil window.
Poon Design Inc.’s Mendocino Farms and R. Dean Bingham—in conjunction with AIA and Tivi Design—won a People’s Choice Awards as did FER Studio and Studio Collective for the Spare Room in Hollywood.
Spare Room, a gamer’s delight, houses two vintage bowling lanes set within the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. “We worked very closely with the owners to narrow the focus and curate a vision which both looked back to a time where parlor games were seen as a symbol of the bourgeois as well as take cues from the present,” explained Studio Collective architect Adam Goldstein.
Michael Hsu Office of Architecture’s Incenhaurers, GRAFT’s Aria Pool at City Center, Earl’s Gourmet Grub by FreelandBuck, Lukshon by MASS Architecture and Design, Bestor Architecture’s Pitfire Pizza (Culver City site; that’s the revamped pizza joint), and The Wright from the Guggenheim Museum by Andre Kikoski Architecture all walked away with Jury Awards.