Barby Q's Restaurant, Harrisburg PA
This building is intended to be the first in a series of quick- food restaurants featuring barbecue and other American folk cuisine. The design is intended to establish visual interest and presence on a very cluttered and “noisy landscape”. Views from the restaurant to the outside are carefully controlled, so as to screen its patrons from the surrounding neighborhood. Clerestory windows and a central skylight flood the public spaces with natural light. Multicolored load- bearing CMU is used as an honest and economical material that maintains a strong image in the “noise” of the suburban strip. The duct-work is cleanly organized and woven through exposed long span wood trusses. This reinforces an honest integration of structure and building services.