In opening Pi at the MX in May, Chris Sommers, co-founder of Pi Pizzerias, told us in our My Stuff interview that the greatest challenge was warming up the “cold gray box” they took over while not losing the expansive feel of the space.
SPACE Architecture + Design, a local collective of architects and designers, took on the project and did just that – implementing a now nationally award-winning design. On Thu., Sept. 21, SPACE brought home its fifth American Institute of Architects Award, this time an Award of Merit for its design of the stunning Pi at the MX space. Of 17 entries submitted in the Interiors category, SPACE received one of only two awards given out.
SPACE representatives say that “the folks at Pi gave project architect Kyle Nottmeier and interior designer Elizabeth Cockrell the creative freedom to produce an interior that captures Pi’s hip, local style and the chic elegance of the Mercantile Exchange. By pairing rustic, natural materials with the honest simplicity of steel and glass, the crew at SPACE created a sophisticated yet comfortable place to nosh on some of St. Louis’ best pizza.”
The American Institute of Architects’ jury noted:
“The folding wood plane creates an interesting array of spaces. The project is well-detailed and furnished and its material tacility creates a beautiful tension with the aseptic smoothness of the commercial building shell.”
The AIA Awards are some of the most prestigious in the field of architecture, and SPACE has been fortunate to have earned a total of five: Franco, Imagine Schools, Bobo Noodlehouse, Chill on Wydown, and now Pi at the MX.