L.A.'s Hottest Restaurant Designs

Dwell on Design is hosting a weekend long design extravaganza (my words, not theirs) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. One of tonight's events is a restaurant design competition. Below is more information about the competition as well as some, but not all, of the restaurant finalists. The votes are in and the winners will be announced this evening.

Do you have a favorite? It's hard to tell from the photos alone, but I think I'd vote for the Lab Gastro Pub, or this first one, AK Restaurant and Bar.

AK Restaurant and Bar
architect: PADesign, designer: Dn/A, Photo:Alen Lin

Bottega Louie
designer: view design studio, Photo:Vam Y.K. Cheung

Chaya Downtown
architect & designer: Poon Design Inc., Photo:Gregg Segal

Drago Centro
designer: Felderman Keatinge + Associates Photo:Keith Gresik

architect: Kelly Architects, designer: Loree Rodkin, Photo:Richard Rubins

architect: Osvaldo Maiozzi, designer: Sotto Studios, Photo:Eddie Sotto

architect & designer: Montalba Architects, Inc. Photo:Rose Gray

Kara's Cupcakes
architect & designer: Montalba Architects, Inc. Photo:Mitch Tobias

The Lab Gastropub
architect & designer: AC Martin AC Martin Photo:Art Gray

The Conga Room
architect & designer: Belzberg Architects, Photo:Benny Chan

Yoshi's San Francisco
architect & designer: Morimoto Matano Kang Architects, Photo:Hiroshi Morimoto, AIA

"The 5th Annual AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony will be held at Dwell on Design 2009 on Friday 26 June. These awards celebrate excellence in the design of restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges & nightclubs. You can attend the awards by purchasing a Dwell Conference Plus ticket or, if you are in the design trade, a Friday Evening add-on ticket to your Trade Exhibition ticket. A panel of distinguished jurors, composed of JONATHAN GOLD (Restaurant Critic, LA Weekly), CEDD MOSES (Founder/CEO, 213), MICHAEL PALLADINO, FAIA (Design Partner, Richard Meier & Partners Architects), LOUISE (LU) SANDHAUS (Graphic Designer, Louise Sandhaus Design - LSD) convened on May 21, 2009 to review this year’s entries and designate projects for recognition. Sixteen projects were selected as finalists for this year’s competition: 11 in the Restaurant Category, 3 in the CafĂ©/Bar Category, and 2 in the Lounge/Nightclub Category. The Jury Awards will be announced at the Restaurant Design Awards Ceremony on June 26th. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - It's your turn to vote for a winner... The Jury’s top selections in each category are listed below and we invite you to vote for your favorite architecturally-designed restaurant, cafe/bar, and lounge/nightclub. The highest recipient of votes in each category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and declared the winner of the 2009 AIA|LA People’s Choice Award!" - from the Dwell on Design website


Kitty Sheehan said…
wow, i love this.
i think the vibe at the luau would be hard to resist.
great photos.
who won?
that is a really good question. still trying to figure out the answer.

- alixe

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