Pizza (216) – shou sugi ban

Cleveland, OH 

Robert Maschke Architects Inc.


Interior Wall Cladding:
KURO – shou sugi ban charred cypress
Select, Burnt & sealed on face only
13/16″ thick x 5-1/8″ wide x 6′-16′ RL
Tongue & Groove


Working closely with the owners of Pizza (216), Robert Maschke Architects Inc. sought an interior wall cladding that would accent the maroon motif of the high-end, wood-fired Cleveland pizzeria.

In accordance with the firm’s general philosophy to incorporate “…a new brand of resourcefulness” into each design, RMA elected to combine aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability with reSAWN’s KURO shou sugi ban cypress wall cladding. Pizza (216) worked with RMA to ensure that the shou sugi ban design would be more than just visually pleasing, and opted for select grade cypress that sustains both the look and durability of the wood. While its high-quality craftsmanship and consistent performance make the design a perfect fit for the high temperature climate of a restaurant, KURO‘s true excellence stems from the burning process that accentuates the natural wood grain and creates varying colors that play off the maroon dining area and deep red bar stools.

Pizza (216) opened its doors in the fall of 2015 as the long-time brainchild of high school friends, Johnny Lis and Brad Wiescinski. After careers in the business world, Lis and Wiescinski decided to pursue their passion for great food with a strong foundation in business and finance. Featuring a signature Rotating Brick Oven, Pizza (216) is poised to bring consistently great New York style pizza to Cleveland.

Robert Maschke Architects Inc. is a local and national award-winning architectural firm located in the heart of Cleveland’s Gordon Square Art’s District. RMA seeks to create an Architecture of complex spatial effects with modest means. What distinguishes RMA is the ability to turn ordinary projects into exceptional architecture. robert maschke ARCHITECTS views project constraints as opportunities for design. Consequently, different versions of “economy” are conceptualized and implemented in RMA’s work. Gestures, materials, and atmospheres are investigated for essential qualities; techniques are developed and technologies deployed, resulting in experimental Architecture honed specifically for each project.
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