HOSPITALITY : : ALINEA 2.0 RESTAURANT, CHICAGO, IL
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After 10 years as one of the world's most iconic restaurants and numerous awards, Alinea's interiors were demolished after service on New Year's Eve 2015. A few months later, a completely fresh, reconceptualized Alinea 2.0 was born. The concept for Version 2.0 was to create the image of what might have been a Parisian hotel and to craft classically shaped rooms with clean minimal enclosures. This is a view of the oval dining room featuring a sweeping staircase. In collaboration with Tom Stringer Design Partners; Photography by Charlie Mayer
The second floor of Alinea 2.0 features three Dining Rooms. Each space creates a distinct dining experience for guests. The Oval Room (above) features a ceiling which draws inspiration from the neoclassical architect Robert Adam.
Alinea 2.0 first floor Dining Room.
Alinea 2.0 Circle Dining Room features a ceiling inspired by Sir John Soane’s compass. In the adjacent space, the square ceiling features Louis XVI style of beamed coffers.
The original structural opening accepts a new elliptical radiused stair, reminiscent of René Lalique’s 1920’s Art Deco showrooms. Above the stair hangs a minimally detailed series of small LED lamps that forms the familiar shape of a traditional chandelier
On the first floor, a paneled ceiling was developed to allow for dinner courses to be hung from four points on each panel. During the first service, decorative mats are hung appearing to be part of the décor, but later, the mats are placed on the table for a table top desert event conducted by the chefs.
Alinea 2.0 Kitchen
Alinea 2.0 Floor Plans
RUGO / RAFF Ltd. Architects | 20 West Hubbard St. Floor #5, Chicago, IL 60654 | 312-464-0222