Frank Gehry’s first fine-dining experience designed for Stir puts wood on centre stage

Stir, a new restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art uses plenty of Douglas fir(Rendering by Gehry Partners and KX-L, Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Frank Gehry’s first fine-dining experience designed for Stir, new restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art puts wood on centre stage. The cultural institutino’s new restaurant and cafeteria will be opened to public in October this year.

The new restaurant is part of Frank Gehry’s $196 million masterplan to rejuvenate the museum.

The design will feature a grid-like sculpture shaped out of Douglas fir slats and beams that hangs from a wavy ceiling. The walls are laden with Douglas fir panels while red oak covers the restaurant’s floors.  Frosted glass, felt, steel, leather, bronze, and onyx are also used sparingly throughout the space, eventually coming together to create a warm and inviting setting. Gehry Partners will design the tables and chairs for a 76 seating.

In addition to Stir, a new, full-service cafeteria seating 160 people will also be designed by the firm. The space will stretch to the entire width of the building with windows offering scenic views of the East Terrace and its garden as well as the Schuylkill River on the west side.

The new cafeteria seating 160 people (Rendering by Gehry Partners and KX-L, Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)