101 Cityfood Cafe New York – COMPLETED 1996

Commercial Interiors

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American Institute of Architects National Design Award 1998, Construction 1998

Located one block south of Grand Central Station (101 Park Avenue) the 700 sqm. upscale food court and take-out occupies the entire ground floor of a 45-story tower. Half of the $1 million budget went to other extensive mechanical and electrical work supporting the 500 sqm. food court. The 200 sqm. take-out area also functions as the main entry to the building’s 400-seat cafeteria. For the larger space, the owners required a variety of separate counters for “Cityfood”, and international approach to food, reflective of the urban environment served. Each counter in the court is a distinct bar. Each has stainless-steel wrapped millwork, with the exception of the cheery-wood sushi bar. The high, triangular space is united with the court by a blue Venetian stucco curved wall. As a transition between the street level and the lower main floor, this formal entry recalls a Beaux Arts staircase. The floor and ceiling distinguish the space through the constant themes of dynamic shape and color. While the floor is a large-scale indeterminate rubber floor pattern, the ceiling is activated by coding and exposing lights and ductwork.