2018 Delicious Design Restaurant: fl.2
In a buildout that took less than six months, a team of architects and construction workers metamorphosed the Fairmont Pittsburgh's Downtown restaurant into one of the most polished dining spaces in the city.
Pittsburgh needed a truly elegant hotel restaurant. We finally have one, thanks to the vision of Spanish architect Lázaro Rosa-Violán. In 2017, he and his team, along with mossArchitects and Allegheny Construction, transformed the Fairmont Pittsburgh’s primary dining space, formerly called Habitat, into fl.2. In a buildout that took less than six months, they metamorphosed the Downtown restaurant into one of the most polished dining spaces in the city.
Brass, warm natural wood and hues of brown and black inform the mid-century modern, yet comfortable and contemporary, space, which is divided into three distinct areas. The spectacular bar, a mid-century-style marvel, is capped with a brass canopy complete with graceful shelving for bottles and glasses; an array of mirrors at the top reflects light and energy back into the room. The wood flooring continues into a refined transitional space, where spider-shaped chandeliers, a marble fireplace and massive picture windows set the scene for sophisticated dining. The restaurant’s primary dining area features an open kitchen, black and gold carpeting and a comfortable central banquette with seating on both sides, striking a delicate balance between luxury and chic comfort.
fl.2’s design philosophy extends to all aspects of the restaurant, from table settings to the fine details of the employee’s outfitting. For these aspects, management went local, working with MONMADE, a Pittsburgh craft business aggregator, to partner with regional artisans for everything from dishes to uniforms. Ceramicist Reiko Yamamoto crafted custom plateware, Caryn Carson of Pike Leather fabricated the leatherbound bar books and designer Kelly Lane tailored the host uniforms.
DOWNTOWN: 510 Market St., Floor 2