101 Cityfood Cafe New York – COMPLETED 1996

Commercial Interiors



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.