Frank Gehry to Design Eatery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Douglas fir will wrap both the ceiling and the walls of Stir. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has tapped Frank Gehry and Gehry Partners to craft its new onsite restaurant, Stir. Slated to open in October 2018, the eatery will arrive as part of Gehry’s transformation of the original 1928 structure. Known as the Core Project, the redesign will be completed in 2020.

The 76-seat restaurant will feature a contemporary design that exudes warmth via pervasive wood elements. A sculptural installation resembling a Douglas fir will serve as the centerpiece of the interior as it stretches across the ceiling above the main dining room. Ceilings and walls will be wrapped in Douglas fir, while red oak will span the floors. A material palette including frosted glass, felt, steel, bronze, leather, and onyx will reflect some of Gehry’s signature style touchstones. The dining room will also be configured to provide views into the kitchen.

As part of the Core Project, an enlarged 160-seat cafeteria will open adjacent to Stir, and extend the width of the building as it overlooks the East Terrace and garden of the museum campus.