A few days ago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomed all its visitors for something other than visiting its art exhibitions. Frank Gehry‘s ambitiously took his love for design inside of the iconic museum of the Pennsylvania state. Located in the ground floor of the museum, the architect thought about the hungry visitors and conceived a simple but contemporary restaurant design, perfect for a art break while still being in contact with it.
This project, amongst others, is part of a renovation series expanding its space by over 90,000 square feet. The opening of this restaurant contemplanting the modern design, marks the first major milestone in Frank Gehry‘s plans of renovation of this place. As part of this project, a fine dining restaurant, Stir, perfectly adequated for the food and art lovers was created to combine two of the most amazing things in the world. This is the first Frank Gehry‘s restaurant ever designed in the East Coast area, and Gehry wasn’t afraid of making a statement. That boldness of the restaurant interior design can be seen in the striking web of Douglas fir attached to the restaurant’s ceiling, which overlooks the 76-seat dining room. The sculptural wood piece hangs above quartzite tables and sleek and luxury leather chairs in a rich maroon.
Its menu will be changed seasonally, because it’s only based on locally sourced ingredients realizing all the gastronomic wishes of the local visitors. Here a concept is very noticeable, fine food is just as important as fine art.