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Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

  • 01:00 - 14 January, 2010
Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects
Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, © Rien van Rijthoven
© Rien van Rijthoven

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

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.

floor plan
floor plan

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.

mississippi concept diagram
mississippi concept diagram

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

© Rien van Rijthoven
© Rien van Rijthoven

Within atmosphere is clubby and lush.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects" 14 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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firadauskhazis · October 21, 2010

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

Fallom · September 25, 2010

un projet qui ralie jazz, et architecture.

Andrei P · January 17, 2010

Anyone noticed something wrong with the toilets?

Bryan · January 17, 2010 12:22 AM

Have you?

Yves · January 16, 2010

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

ballistamagazine · January 15, 2010

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...

Lone · January 15, 2010

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.

theSelector · January 15, 2010

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?

mano de chivo · January 14, 2010

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......

Daniel · January 14, 2010

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


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