Retractable Rooftop at Sienna Mercato Project #1184

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The historic “Cultural District” of Downtown Pittsburgh may have always been “historic,” (or at least for the last 200+ years), but the nod to Pittsburgh’s cultural scene was earned fairly recently. As the retail boom slowed and receded in the 90’s to early 2000’s, Downtown Pittsburgh was taken over by crime and decay. In true Pittsburgher style, however, the locals …

Retractable Roof Project #4686

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When designing a trendy new restaurant and night club for young, hip professionals in the heart and bustle of Chicago, any architect worth their weight knows they need to tap into some serious, -the-charts “WOW” factor to draw in the crowds.  The new American Junkie Restaurant and Night Club had to be “cutting edge,” and focus on the company’s theme …

Retractable Roof Project # 4740

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  Over a thousand miles from the nearest ocean, in the land-locked heart of Denver, sits an unexpected hub for premier seafood and sake among other treats. Locals and tourists alike congregate for flown-in, fresh-daily seafood at the Sushi Den or a creative array of global cuisine at the Izakaya Den. In fact, they’ve been congregating here at the Sushi Den long …

Retractable Roof Project #4612

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It’s a great story about an old dilapidated downtown corner in the heart of Minneapolis that received some much-needed TLC.  Well-known area restaurateur, Kam Talebi, saw the dilapidated old had-been bookstore and instead, saw a goldmine of potential:  The Union Fish Market and Rooftop — one of the best dining experiences Minneapolis would have to er. Talebi isn’t just a …

Skylight Project #4664

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Just on the outskirts of Providence, Rhode Island, nestled in the historic hilltop village of Cranston sits a 120 year old stone chapel.  Built in 1891 as part of Rhode Island’s Sockanasset School for Boys, even the young attendants of the school sacrificed their energy and time to aid in the development this scenic structure.  “The bricks, stone and mortar, …

Retractable Roof Project #2856

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If you’re looking for luxury dining around the Scottsdale, Arizona area, one need only venture as far as Scottsdale Quarter.  Dominick’s Steak House menu features both traditional steakhouse dishes as well as classic Italian dishes that are top-notch, and lauded as some of Arizona’s finest dining available. The high caliber of cheffery found on the plates is echoed in the …

Retractable Roof Project #4587

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It doesn’t take much pre-trip-to-Boston googling (and food ogling) to land on the seafood-goldmine that is Legal Harborside. If Legal Harborside’s virtual presence is big, its physical presence is absolutely mammoth. The first floor of the three-story, 20k square foot seafood mecca pays tribute to casual seafood, raw oyster bar, and an old-school harborside fish market.  The second floor caters …

Skylight Project #4647

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The Thales café located in Istanbul, Turkey found a way to blend natural sunlight and outdoor elements with an indoor restaurant. Libart made this possible by building the support structure, folding glass panel doors, and, of course, the retractable skylight system. The opening of the roof panels allow a 75% open sky view! If you are trying to blend the …