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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“I have wanted to be an Architect since I was thirteen,” Jesse noted. “Having my dream job is something I never take for granted. My expertise lies in the craft of Architecture, and that has been my focus since I was a student. I've always been passionate about detail, and I think ahead on how to make intricate details a reality from the initial concept.”




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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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325 Chestnut Street
Suite 909
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Immersive, chef-driven restaurant anchoring a downtown boutique hotel

About this project

Or, The Whale is a captivating restaurant that inhabits the lower level of the Distrikt Hotel, a new boutique hotel that has revived the historic Salvation Army building in downtown Pittsburgh. Upon entering, guests can descend into the dramatic main dining area of this modern, farm+fisher-to-table seafood and chops restaurant. Built inside a former gymnasium, the space boasts a perimeter catwalk that was once an elevated running track but now offers guests a fast lane to the balcony bar. The expo kitchen lets diners enjoy the sights and aromas of forthcoming meals. Above, a vivid mural of Captain Ahab’s Pequod chasing Moby Dick combined with a soaring rope installation bring a coastal grandeur to this inland eatery.

This is the dream restaurant I’ve had in my mind for a long time.

– Head Chef Dennis Marron, or, the Whale

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