PROJECT: Brasserie 8 1/2    LOCATION: New York, New York    CLIENT: The Solow Corporation    SIZE: 13,000SF    COMPLETION: 2000   Brasserie 8½ is a contemporary restaurant in the classic Gordon Bunshaft building at 9 West 57th Street. The facility’s design combines a modern sensibility, accessible cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere to achieve an arresting fusion of creativity and comfort.  The Brasserie occupies 13,000 square feet on two levels. In addition to the main dining room, the 230-seat restaurant features a cocktail bar and lounge, private dining areas, and an informal food bar.  Patrons enter from street level into an elegant glass cylindrical lobby, open to the restaurant below. A cast-glass ceiling, lit from within and supported by stainless-steel ribs, is sited above the central portion of the cocktail bar and lounge. A grand curved stair leads down to the bar and lounge, whose curvilinear wall showcases framed artwork and contains entrances to two private dining areas.  An illuminated stained-glass mural by the French cubist artist Fernand Léger is the main dining room’s focal point. This interior’s other features include terrazzo flooring, a stepped ceiling light fixture of cast glass and stainless steel, and walls of green silk contrasted with a wainscot of Douka wood veneer. Douka veneer also covers the south set of columns; the north set is jacketed in polished chrome.  The overall design complements the building’s classic modernism and expresses the owner’s desire for simplicity and bold color.
       
     
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  PROJECT: Brasserie 8 1/2    LOCATION: New York, New York    CLIENT: The Solow Corporation    SIZE: 13,000SF    COMPLETION: 2000   Brasserie 8½ is a contemporary restaurant in the classic Gordon Bunshaft building at 9 West 57th Street. The facility’s design combines a modern sensibility, accessible cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere to achieve an arresting fusion of creativity and comfort.  The Brasserie occupies 13,000 square feet on two levels. In addition to the main dining room, the 230-seat restaurant features a cocktail bar and lounge, private dining areas, and an informal food bar.  Patrons enter from street level into an elegant glass cylindrical lobby, open to the restaurant below. A cast-glass ceiling, lit from within and supported by stainless-steel ribs, is sited above the central portion of the cocktail bar and lounge. A grand curved stair leads down to the bar and lounge, whose curvilinear wall showcases framed artwork and contains entrances to two private dining areas.  An illuminated stained-glass mural by the French cubist artist Fernand Léger is the main dining room’s focal point. This interior’s other features include terrazzo flooring, a stepped ceiling light fixture of cast glass and stainless steel, and walls of green silk contrasted with a wainscot of Douka wood veneer. Douka veneer also covers the south set of columns; the north set is jacketed in polished chrome.  The overall design complements the building’s classic modernism and expresses the owner’s desire for simplicity and bold color.
       
     

PROJECT: Brasserie 8 1/2

LOCATION: New York, New York

CLIENT: The Solow Corporation

SIZE: 13,000SF

COMPLETION: 2000

Brasserie 8½ is a contemporary restaurant in the classic Gordon Bunshaft building at 9 West 57th Street. The facility’s design combines a modern sensibility, accessible cuisine, and a relaxed atmosphere to achieve an arresting fusion of creativity and comfort.

The Brasserie occupies 13,000 square feet on two levels. In addition to the main dining room, the 230-seat restaurant features a cocktail bar and lounge, private dining areas, and an informal food bar.

Patrons enter from street level into an elegant glass cylindrical lobby, open to the restaurant below. A cast-glass ceiling, lit from within and supported by stainless-steel ribs, is sited above the central portion of the cocktail bar and lounge. A grand curved stair leads down to the bar and lounge, whose curvilinear wall showcases framed artwork and contains entrances to two private dining areas.

An illuminated stained-glass mural by the French cubist artist Fernand Léger is the main dining room’s focal point. This interior’s other features include terrazzo flooring, a stepped ceiling light fixture of cast glass and stainless steel, and walls of green silk contrasted with a wainscot of Douka wood veneer. Douka veneer also covers the south set of columns; the north set is jacketed in polished chrome.

The overall design complements the building’s classic modernism and expresses the owner’s desire for simplicity and bold color.

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brasserie int dining lounge area 2 L.jpg
       
     
brasserie int dining area 5 L.jpg
       
     
brasserie int entry lounge L.jpg
       
     
brasserie int leger mural L.jpg