Andre Kikoski Architect Wins AIA|LA Restaurant Design Award for the Wright
The Wright, the Guggenheim's fine-dining restaurant designed by Andre Kikoski Architect, continues to win praise for its innovative interior. On June 24, the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles named the Wright among three Jury Award winners in its annual Restaurant Design Awards, which honors excellence in restaurant design across the U.S. Other recent honors for The Wright include a Best of the Year Award from Interior Design Magazine, an Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects, a Lumen Award for lighting, and finalist distinctions for design awards from Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure.
Opened in December 2009, the Wright, named for the Guggenheim's renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, has a 1,600-square-foot space featuring a curvilinear wall of walnut layered with illuminated fiber optics, a bar clad in innovative custom metalwork and topped with white Corian, and a sweeping banquette with blue leather seating. The modern American menu, which emphasizes seasonal, local, and sustainable ingredients, was created by David Bouley protégé Rodolfo Contreras. Reflecting the museum's modern and contemporary focus, renowned British artist Liam Gillick was commissioned for a site-specific work, titled The horizon produced by a factory once it had stopped producing views (2009). Conceived as a sculpture that can be expanded or contracted to fit any designated space, Gillick constructed a sequence of horizontal planks of powder-coated aluminum mounted to the walls and ceiling.