About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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Strada Holiday Traditions


Strada has always been more than just a design firm, it has been a family of creative individuals that collectively bring great joy to the studio in various ways. This holiday season, our celebrations are wrapped in thankfulness for what we have, for our families, and for our heartwarming traditions.



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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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325 Chestnut Street
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Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Triangle Studio

1011 South Hamilton Rd
Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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A boutique hotel writes a new chapter for a 1924 building

About this project

The Distrikt Hotel has reinvigorated the historic Salvation Army building, combining a bright, voluminous lobby, 185 guest rooms, a chef-driven restaurant (Or, The Whale), and a lively cocktail bar (Evangeline). Adapting this 9-story Neo-Gothic structure as a multifaceted boutique hotel meant navigating countless unforeseen conditions and hidden spaces. What was once the chapel became the lobby, where the stage now features casual seating and a green wall and a cocktail bar perches on the mezzanine. Downstairs, the former gymnasium has become the restaurant, a nautical dining experience energized by an expo kitchen and a soaring rope installation. Maintaining original features throughout the building, such as interior woodwork and limestone on the facade, helped garner Historic Tax Credits, while the addition of a rooftop lounge scored coveted views of downtown and the Monongahela River.

The cocktail bar in the hotel lobby, Evangeline, is named after the women’s residence that occupied the building before it closed in the 1980s.

Drury Hotel

Pittsburgh, PA

Or, The Whale

Pittsburgh, PA

Cardinal Hotel at the R.J. Reynolds Building

Winston-Salem, North Carolina