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ENOTECA HARLEM

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ENOTECA HARLEM

Location: Harlem, NY.
Architect/Designer: ARKE
Lead Designer: Joaquin E. Boldrini
Architect of Record: Colombo Architectural Studio PC , Yahaira Volquez Colombo.
Custom furniture: DC Interiors corp, David Contreras.
Year: 2021

This project consisted in a renovation type II in Harlem, NYC. The client who was currently running a bakery shop signed an agreement to take the other commercial space in the same building and then planned to combined both spaces in order to run a Tapas & wine restaurant and the existing bakery using the same kitchen for both.

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The existing space was a beauty salon and clothing shop mostly enclosed with painted walls, natural light was limited by the existence of only a small window in the back and the storefront. Wood floor was painted black in contrast with the existing white walls and ceiling.

The design approach aimed to restore the covered brick walls from the original building, and try to maximize openings to bring more natural light into the space. During construction 6 blocked large window openings for 1 window well and the back yard were found, 4 out of these were turned into large windows, another one is housing a wine cooler and the last one was turned into a decorative niche keeping the existing concrete blocks that were used to close the opening as a remnant of the previous intervention.

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Part of the requirements from the owner was to create a back patio to be able to serve food there given the local constraints created by the pandemic, this development happen while most strict restriction were being applied so it was imperative to come out with a solution to be able to occupy the existing yard. The solution involved demolishing the existing bathroom for this space, it was also required the addition of an ADA restroom, so the existing bathroom inside the kitchen was transformed to comply with the local requirements therefore the other bathroom area allowed for a comfortable passage to the patio and access to the new ADA bathroom.

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The rear patio required to clean up the exterior brick walls as much as possible, removing or relocating most utility cables and equipment, ground was finished with PVC decking and area was contained by completing the partial black fencing that was already there. A privacy screen in wood was cretaed for the bathroom and planting pots and landscape lights were added by the owners to complete the patio design.

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The bakery was separated from the kitchen and it is served during the mornings to comply with local regulations, another small bathroom was added to it, the partition separating both businesses needed a special treatment to dialogue with the space, the owners selected a decorative wallpaper that extends throughout the space which is reflected in all new windows creating a rich environment.

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Seating and bar area were planned out to be as flexible as possible given the limited space, custom small tables and chairs were built by DC Interiors accomodating its design to the available dimensions. The recovered window well was turned into a little indoor garden and it houses dimmed lights and candles during restaurant hours.

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The existing wood floor was rescued by sanding the black paint on it restoring its natural color, a clear protective coat was applied to keep its original features exposed.

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Enoteca Harlem has already become a nice addition to Frederick Douglas Boulevard, offering entertaining nights in a rich environment with an excellent wine selection and food for the most sophisticated palates of Harlem and the city.