INABA, the Los-Angeles based architecture firm has developed an additional temporary eventspace in New York CIty, supplying the Whitney Museum with a sandwich bar for the duration of its just-opened biennial. The space is characterized by three varying significant-scale lanterns that occupy the museum’s interior courtyard, suspended over a 24-foot lengthy counter, communal tables, high-best counters and ‘droopy’ seat cushions. The concept for the restaurant was developed by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and features the work of their greatest chefs.
Nonetheless bold in form or expressive in materials, it was striking to us that postwar architecture is vulnerable to appearing cold, incomplete and lacking in detail. Based on the character of the interior style, even the strongest statements of contemporary architecture can nowadays sometimes verge on feeling unadorned, like a dentist office waiting location. We wanted to add another scale of detail and information to the Breuer building’s interior. Only instead of using stark basic forms and exposed organic supplies, we tried to improve the space, to ‘re-humanize’ it, with curved shapes and a palette of synthetic components (fiberglass, resin, nylon, acrylic and vinyl).