Since it opened in late 2007, Conduit has gotten no shortage of attention for its interior design. Stanley Saitowitz won an American Institute of Architects award for the project in 2008, and the restaurant goes a little overboard showing off its insides on its website. Still, the photo series and write-up in ArchDaily today is pretty interesting with its “before” shots of the space, plus a little explanation of the concept.
Turns out the whole conduit idea was a workaround:
The ground floor commercial space in a new residential building had a low ceiling and a tangled maze of plumbing, sprinkler and electrical conduits serving the residences above. To cover these pipes would have further reduced the space. Instead, even more conduits were layered over the existing to counteract and remediate the situation.
This is the “can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” school of architecture, but it appears to work.
Conduit / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects [Arch Daily]