While an intern at NEMA Workshop, I worked on this restaurant project. This restaurant was once home to a workshop garage. Next door, it’s sister concept a “macbar” was also constructed. Housed at the intersection between Layfayette and Prince, it was important to the client that the building utilize as much as possible the existing structure to replicate the mechanical artisans that would’ve worked in the garage prior. The concept of informal urbanity develops complexity as one travels downstairs into the more intimate spaces below street level. The existing boiler room has been transformed into a glass-roofed lounge lined with an oversized mural by local artist Juan Jose Heredia. Just a few steps down from the lounge / courtyard is: minibar. As the name implies, it’s a cozy underground bar where the walls are lined with vintage mini-bottles. Ultimately, the design of Delicatessen from the multi-leveled spatial organization to the comfortable yet sophisticated materiality is rooted in the concept that the space should be both inviting and accessible.