Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

© Rien van Rijthoven

Architects: Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects
Location: San Francisco, ,
Project Team: Stanley Saitowitz, Alan Tse, John Winder
Construction: Lyon Construction
Project Area: 167 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photograph: Rien van Rijthoven

© Rien van Rijthoven

Mississippi is a soul food restaurant in the Fillmore Jazz District of San Francisco.

jazz concept diagram

Like the river, a single table meanders through the space – here everyone sits around and eats as a family. Oxbows and curves allow parties to cluster.

mississippi concept diagram

Above the table is an echo of brass pipes that cast light and deflect sound. One wall is the bar, the other an open kitchen with seating for diners to watch the theatre of cooking.

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The table spills out into a small outdoor court with sidewalk views.

Within atmosphere is clubby and lush.

Cite: "Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects" 14 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 19 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=46382>
  • Daniel

    Massive fan of Stan, but this plan isn’t up to his usual standards in my opinion..

  • mano de chivo

    i think that it’s a great way to influence an enviroment…..the use of those pipes…. but.,.. people doesn’t walk on the ceiling….i think that it sent the rest of the design to a second place…. i think the pipes are waaaaaaaay too long….and the saturate the place….i think it’s a great project…. but still it was a little too much……

  • theSelector

    Is this project built? It’s is unclear from this post.
    The credits mention a photographer, but the image all look very photochoped.
    There is no reference to a restaurant of this name or similar in San Francisco?
    So, what’s the deal?

  • Lone

    Call me a introvert with a bubble but Im not feeling the essentially mandatory communal seating. I get the river and the flow but some of the spaces, especially at the bends, are just awkward. It does look interesting from the outside though.

    And I think the ‘shopped look is partly the material of the table and there is a weak light from the photographers side that creates an unnatural evenness to some of the foreground.

  • http://www.ballistamagazine.com ballistamagazine

    How strictly should architects adhere to a concept? The idea of a suspended ceiling composed of brass piping is romantic (no doubt); however, architects have to consider the functionality of the components used within a space so integrally tied to function. Upon first hash, it would appear that a material used to reflect sound would be particularly unattractive in a space that suggests intimacy. On another note, I personally don’t feel this space reflects the essence of soul music. I have personally never experienced the space, but I feel the polished interior discounts the organic , personal nature of soul music. Just a humble opinion…

  • Yves

    Hmm, any info on the facade? Are they pipes as well?

  • Andrei P

    Anyone noticed something wrong with the toilets?

    • Bryan

      Have you?

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    Cool looking restaurant. I think an island dining table no longer look weird with a little add on ceiling.