The Americana at Brand project in Glendale, Calif., is full of interesting architectural nuggets. The SADI judges were particularly impressed with the “fresh” solution of the challenge of fitting a small, three-meal diner into the ambitious project. Design cues include the lunch counter at the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Airstream trailers. One judge called the diner a “clever and engaging solution to attracting people” within the project and that it truly does stand out as a “jewel” within the massive center. Judges were particularly impressed with the work that went into creating curved and slanted glass windows around the project. One judge called the project “a great statement” while another said the window was simply “beautiful.”

Project Name

Jewel City Diner

Location

Glendale, Calif.

Square Footage

800 square feet

Architect

FER Studios

Developer/Owner

Caruso Affiliated & Jewel City Diner LLC

Credits

Kitchen Design

Ricca Newmark Design

Signage Design

Amalgamated Studios

Glass and Glazing

Coast Glass

Structural & MEP Engineering

Harvey Ellis Devereaux

General Contractor

Staples Construction Co.

Structural Steel

Gold Coast Erectors

Sheetmetal and Stainless Steel Cladding

Climate Control