An Adagio Movement in an Allegro City

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Nestled in a 1920s Merchant’s Square office building in Tribeca, the Arcade Bakery finds a quiet beat in the heart of a bustling city life. And while the shop’s baked goods are praiseworthy in and of themselves, what stands out here is the remarkable yet muted design of the space by the studio Workstead. Faced with the challenge of bringing seating to a building that has sloping floors, the designers came up with the elegant solution to replace some of the old display windows with seating nooks, complete with fold down tables of varying sizes. These alcoves are covered in rich mahogany, with brass fixtures for the tables to sit on, and invite customers to get comfortable as they enjoy their meals. The informality of this arrangement encourages one to not just eat but to take a break, to stop counting calories or the minutes of their lunch hour, and to appreciate the artisanal food. Along with these seating alcoves, the bakery itself provides a welcoming display, with large windows open during business hours to show off all the goods made fresh that day. And these baked edibles look their best thanks to the custom lighting fixtures Workstead designed for the bakery, which mesh well with the building’s historic lamps and promote a relaxing, satisfying meal. Like a slow Adagio movement within a lively Allegro symphony, the Arcade Bakery is another appreciated oasis knit into a frantic metropolis.

 

Nathaniel Barlam

Nathaniel

Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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