The San Diego-based architecture firm Sebastian Mariscal Studio decided to design a temple to Peruvian cuisine in the Hell’s Kitchen district (between 34th and 57th Streets) of New York City. Using concrete, reclaimed wood and candles, Sebastian Mariscal built the breathtaking interior of Pio Pio Restaurant.
The 5,268-square-foot space seems improbable when looking at it from its facade. The L-shaped plan provides an opportunity to divide the space into a progression of smaller experiences until it opens up into the main dining space. Each alcove channels your experience to the luxury materials, and only as you move through it, does it unfold the the flavors of Latin America and further disconnect you from the New York City street.
Sebastian Mariscal Studio wanted to utilize materials that resonate to the Latin American culture and way of life. The simplicity and humble selection of materials narrates the vernacular architecture in Latin America; concrete, wood and stone. The mixture of contrasting materials sets the tone to a pleasant experience as it amalgamates with the food. And the Pio Pio design doesn’t finish with simple wooden furniture, panoramic landscape photographs and hanging, unadorned light bulbs.
As a result we have a vibrant and historic restaurant with the breathtaking interior in a good placement. If you visit Pio Pio Restaurant, be sure to return back here and let us know your opinion in comments. [PioPioNYC via Yatzer]