Tadao Ando Architects & Associates
Morimoto, New York
Annie Block -- Interior Design, 12/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Philadelphia and Tokyo converge in New York at Morimoto, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant. The sequel to the original Morimoto in the City of Brotherly Love, this two-level 13,000-square-foot spectacle represents the first Big Apple foray for both restaurateur Stephen Starr and architect Tadao Ando. At one end of the blackened-steel facade, the 50-foot-wide arched entry is draped with a fish-roe red PVC curtain. Inside, a rippling canvas-and-fiberglass ceiling, a resin-topped bar, an LED-lit wall of 17,400 half-liter plastic water bottles, and beechwood furniture by Ross Lovegrove accompany Ando's signature concrete.
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