SPACES LANDSCAPES PROTOTYPES SIMULATION GEOMETRY ENVIRONMENTS ECOLOGIES
2018 January

Senyai project wins the 2017 LIT Design Awards in the Hotel and Restaurant Design category. LIT Design Awards was created with the belief that lighting is an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design.

2017 December

Aisha Han writes about Senyai in The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon’s student newspaper.

2017 November

Senyai project wins The American Architecture Prize, read more in the CMU news article.

SENYAI: Big Noodles Acoustics

| Pittsburgh, PA | Summer 2017 |

| Restaurant | Built |

Senyai Thai Restaurant is a small 340sq space striving to create unique atmosphere in the developing urban district of Pittsburgh. The ceiling, inspired by the vaulted geometry of ancient Thai architecture, incorporates acoustic and lighting performance into a contemporary spatial experience with soft ambient effects. Visual layering of ceilings fins is suggestive of movement while reducing the reverberation of sound in individual vaulted zones, thus creating localized acoustic privacy and overall dynamic character. The ceiling is formed by a series of 275 unique vertical slats that sectionally change in series in the perpendicular direction--no two slats, or vaults, are alike. The global texture of the surface and color plays with light to create a sense spatial weightlessness and visual expansion, as the eye travels beyond the each articulated edge. At the same time the slats appear as a continuous surface, mimicking an active body of water, or, in homage to the restaurant’s name (sen yai translates to “big noodles” in Thai), a bowl of hot noodles in broth.

LIT Lighting Design Awards
The American Architecture Prize 2017
Carnegie Mellon University News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Architect Magazine

| DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova | PROJECT DESIGNER: Gretchen Craig | DESIGN and FABRICATION TEAM: Colleen Clifford, Sinan Goral, Tom Sterling, Trent Wimbiscus | PHOTO CREDIT: Massery Photography Inc. |