Today they announced the winners today of the American Institute of Architects design awards for Los Angeles!
You may remember this old post about the restaurant contenders: Gorgeous Hot Spots in La La Land: Five Restaurant Design Award Cont...
A little background from Eater LA:
"This is the fourth year the American Institute of Architects (Los Angeles chapter) have recognized the best in restaurant, cafe/bar and lounge/nightclub design, and there were more than 40 submissions with six winners (two for each category): Those decided by the esteemed judges (Joachim Splichal, Los Angeles magazine's Margot Dougherty, architect David Montalba, and designer Michael Hodgson), and the People's Choice. This isn't purely aesthetic---evaluations were based on design concept, operational layout and overall packaging---but it's kind of just another beauty contest."
Here are the winners! Drum roll, please!....ba da dummmm.
Best Restaurant: Blue Velvet
I'll need to see this place to believe it! Kind of looks like the patio at the W Westwood.
Best Cafe: LA Mill in Silverlake
Even the website looks tres chic. Bookmarked on Yelp! (If you'd like you can check out my bookmarks
. This is my coveted list of places that will one day show up on theMET!)
Best Lounge/Nightclub: Elevate Lounge
If you haven't been here yet, it's a must see. Best parts? The spectacular view of downtown and the fact that you can smoke inside ('cause it's a pseudo-open air patio). Beautiful place!
And of course..the people's choices:
Restaurant: Osteria Mozza designed by Kelly Architects, Inc.
Cafe/Bar: Kitchen 24 designed by Spacecraft/Torres Architects
Club/Lounge: One World Lounge at LAX designed by Gensler
Source: LA Times blog