The essence of any urban sidewalk is (1) directing pedestrian flow, (2) creating a protective division parallel to the street, (3) staging an experience adjacent to the vertical elements. The goal to countless fit-out spaces is to provide a strong connection to the streetscape in order to attract busy pedestrians into the space. A brief pause into the vitrine often provides you with the decision on whether the internal experience is worth your time. Nonetheless, the connection and accessibility to the street are a key factor to the New York fit-out. Although connecting to the street is a common behavior of many fit-outs, San Diego-based Sebastian Mariscal Studio, decided to provide an enclave from the busy artery. The Pio Pio restaurant offers the flavor of Latin america and an unorthodox connection to the New york City street.
Located in the Hell’s Kitchen district of Manhattan (between 34th and 57th Streets), this gritty neighborhood is historically famous for its rough look, busy underworld and ethnic conflicts that inspired the West Side Story. Far from its once notorious culture, this neighborhood is now home to diverse gastronomic experiences, aspiring actors and a fast changing social fabric.