Pizzabella in the Crossroads district of Kansas City is a huge hit for locals and tourists. Owners Hilary and Quillan Glynn aren’t messing with the original formula too much when it comes to design.
The second Pizzabella location in the Mission Farms district of Overland Park, KS needed a similar aesthetic as the original, so why not revisit the architectural and design firm that created it all?
David Dowell of El Dorado Architecturetold us a bit about the design and thought that went into the newest Pizzabella in the Mission Farms area of south Kansas City.
“For Pizzabella South, the innovative detail might be the heavy lifting, extra duty work done by the wood slats. The overall cost effective strategy is simple and straightforward – bomb the raw space with a warm, dark color, leaving duct work, conduit, everything, just where it needs to be to be most economical.”
The second step? Carve warm dining pods (in this case two pods, with extra seating at the bar, outside and in a private dining room) out of the dark space with expertly crafted slat walls, ceilings and benches. Dowell says, “Intimacy is created by tighter spacing, expanded spacing lets electrical cords drop and allows air to flow.”
“The wood then also becomes a means to create intimacy in other parts of the restaurant,” adds Dowell. “[We put] a lower ceiling in the bar, a ceiling and custom table in the private dining room, a long, comfortable bench in the entry/waiting area. Exposed filament light fixtures add a bit of additional warmth to the space.”