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Entries in AIA/LA Restaurant Design Awards (5)
The American Institute of Architects of Los Angeles presented the 8th annual Restaurant Design Awards as part of their design conference at Dwell on Design last week. The awards took place on the Expo floor of the LA Convention Center with winning categories in Best Restaurant, Best Cafe/Bar, and Best Lounge/Nightclub.
While the jury selected nominees from several cities, Los Angeles-based projects dominated the People's Choice winners. Take A Bao in Studio City, designed by MASS Architecture and Design, took home the prize for Best Restaurant Design, prized for its sleek, delineated planes both on the exterior facade and in the interior motif. Modern Arc Inc. and Eric Ryder, AIA won Best Cafe/Bar for their design of Le Zinque in Venice. French Cafe's known as "zincs" inspired the space with the bar as the central feature.
The medley of salvaged wood, stained glass, and vintage brass doors in Salvage Bar won for Best Lounge/Nightclub. Straight Designs and Tima Winter, Inc. decorated the space predominantly out of upcycled materials found in the basement of the Roosevelt.
The competition jury was comprised of KCRW radio personality, chef, and restaurateur Evan Kleiman; architect Mark Rios, FAIA; and Bravo's wunderkind Top Chef winner and restaurateur Michael Voltaggio. The jury selected 16 projects in three categories: nine restaurants, three cafe/bars and four lounge/nightclubs. For a complete list, and to vote for the people’s Choice Award in each category, visit the AIA LA website.
The winners will be announced on Friday, June 22 as part of Dwell on Design at the L.A. Convention Center.
About the Restaurant Design Awards:
The AIA|LA’s Restaurant Design Awards (RDA) honor excellence in restaurant design. The competition is open to all individuals and practices with both restaurant owners and architects/designers invited to submit. Either the project itself must be located in the United States or the submitting individual/firm must be US-based. Submissions are accepted in three main categories: restaurants, cafés/bars and lounges/nightclubs. The annual RDA Ceremony recognizes both Jury Award Winners as well as People’s Choice Award Winners, as selected by votes collected from the general public on the AIA|LA website.
Registration forms must be received by 4:00 PM on Monday, April 4, 2011.
For more information visit the AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards website.
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