Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
In Situ inhabits street-front space in the Mario Botta-designed portion of the recently reopened SFMoMA. Its design represents a unique intersection of art, design, food and community. In support of Chef Lee’s vision, the design emphasizes visibility, accessibility, and a sense of the ephemeral within a simple, comfortable, open environment. The design operates at many different scales from urban to the intimate. Spaces are designed to engage all of the senses with an emphasis on tactility and acoustics. The interior shell of the building is left somewhat raw and exposed, which provides a backdrop for discreetly placed "artifacts" including commissioned art, custom-designed lighting, custom furniture and a sculptural wood ceiling. All were inspired thru a collaborative process with the intent of drawing contrast between the rough and the refined. These "artifacts" are analogous to ingredients in their various states of refinement and are strategically employed to engage the guest’s physical experience.