It's good to be in Phoenix for the food and the architecture these days. We've even heard of people coming here for just those two things.
As part of the Modern Phoenix Week events, last night a group gathered at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to ponder the notion that modern design has elevated modern dining. David Tyda of Desert Living moderated a panel including five architects who have worked on such projects.
Each adaptive reuse project discussed took an existing midcentury modern period building and transformed it by focusing on the best the building and site had to offer to reusing existing and even neighboring restaurants structural goods to create something new, yet old -- and modern.
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If you have any design sensibility at all -- or a background in business -- you can appreciate the massive efforts that go into adaptive reuse restaurant projects. From hammering out city code regulations to making nice-nice with the neighbors, these projects aren't simple or uncomplicated.