New York, NY
2,000 sq. ft.
This 2,000-square-foot Chinese restaurant occupies a floor plan
typical of New York City
residential buildings; light wells located on each side of the tenement
building give it a dog-bone-like shape. Rather than hiding this distinctive
narrowed section between the front and the back, LTL accentuated the unique
nature of each of the spaces. Employing a logic derived from the Surrealist
game—the Exquisite Corpse—LTL configured the four spaces into distinct yet
interlocked areas. Each
area is defined and wrapped by contrasting materials that shift from hard at
the most public street entry to soft at the most private room in the back of
the space. At the thresholds between each of the four distinct areas, the
materials’ edges are expressed, calling attention to the role of the material
as a thickened skin or shell.
AIA Design Merit Award, Interior Architecture, New York Chapter
James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant Design
Lagudis and Chow Down Management Inc.
Project team: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, David J. Lewis; Eric Samuels, project architect; Lucas Cascardo, Alex Terzich, Matthew Roman, Katherine Hearey, Adam Frampton
Mechanical engineer: Jack Green Associates
Contractor: Gateway Design Group
Photographer: Michael Moran