Cass Calder Smith, Taylor Lawson, Yvonne Choy
King of Prussia
Alderson Engineering, Inc.
TLP The Lighting Practice
Advanced Foodservice Solutions
Ali Ahmad/3-D Metal Arts
R2L is an elegant, modern restaurant and lounge that reinterprets the glamour and exoticism of the 1930s.
Perched high above the heart of Philadelphia, the intimate, convivial space recalls the elegance of the extravagant Art Deco era while celebrating the clean simplicity and spatial balance of modern architecture. A mix of texture, color and pattern bring the long space together in a combination of plush lounge furnishing and cozy booth seats contrasting with moments of glimmering light and exposed steel structure. The space is accented with a distinctive palette of materials including hand-polished zinc, stacked strips of glass, ebonized mahogany, woven leather and zebra-print upholstery. A metallic ceiling grill undulates across the bar, dining room and lounge leading towards the spectacular city views. Upon entering the restaurant, a glass slot invites an up-close look at Daniel Stern’s custom kitchen. A floating handcrafted sculpture of polished silverware made by a local artist encloses a unique dining area that provides guests with unobstructed views across the city. While in one of the private dining rooms, one can dine aside the statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia’s City Hall. As a backdrop to the city skyline, a wall of wine marches along reminding us to raise a glass to an unforgettable experience.