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Spotlight: Comedor Restaurant, 2021 GRAY Awards Finalist

A closer look at Comedor Restaurant, one of five finalists in the 2021 GRAY Awards Commercial Architecture category.

Comedor Restaurant

Comedor Restaurant exterior in Austin Texas. Commercial architecture by Olson Kundig

Comedor, a modern Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin, establishes an urban sanctuary on a busy intersection in the city's central business district. Designed by Seattle's Olson Kundig, the new building, with its eye-catching light-box structure, revitalizes a former surface parking lot into a sophisticated design destination that blends industrial features with a clean, modern aesthetic.

A façade of dark brick interspersed with glass glows at night, grabbing attention from the street while screening interior spaces from direct view. A discreet entrance on the south side of the building opens to a glass-wrapped, double-height dining space, where candlelight and a tonal material palette of steel, wood, and concrete continues the modern presence established by its exterior.

Comedor Restaurant in Austin Texas. Commercial architecture by Olson Kundig

The interior dining space adjoins to the courtyard through four retractable guillotine window walls. Operated via manual hand cranks, the windows allow Comedor to open completely to the outdoors and facilitate a flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. This flexibility ensures that guests can experience Austin’s warm, sunny weather while providing a protected interior refuge during the hottest days.


Design Team:

Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Project Manager: Bob Jakubik, AIA, LEED® AP

Architectural Staff: Joe Fillipelli, Claire Fontaine

Interior Design: Laina Navarro

Interior Design Staff: Megan Adams

Gizmo Design: Phil Turner


General Contractor: The Burt Group

Architect of Record: McKinney/York Architects

Interior Production: Micki Spencer

Civil Engineer: Stantec

Landscape Architect: The Garden Design Studio

Structural Engineer: Structures

MEP Engineer: Aptus Engineering

Lighting Design: O- Lighting

Gizmo Design: KB Architectural Services with Phil Turner

Gizmo Fabrication: Drophouse Design

Photography: Aaron Leitz

Date of Completion: June 2019


Additional Architecture, Commercial finalists:

Alton Wines

AutoCamp Yosemite

Blu Dot Showroom

The Century Project at the Space Needle

Check out the Quick List to see all of the 2021 GRAY Awards finalists!


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