Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Morty’s Delicatessen on Star Street in Hong Kong by JJA/Bespoke Architecture
August 18th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: JJA/Bespoke Architecture
Morty’s is a Hong Kong-based Sports Bar and Deli approved by the New York Times. It specialises in classic “New York City-style” fares like Reuben Sandwiches, Pastrami on House Rye, Potato Salad, Bagel & House Lox, and Classic Cornbread selections. All using sustainable meat prepared for the menu and cured by the restaurant’s own in-house kitchen.
The project’s interiors, designed in collaboration between JJA Bespoke Architecture, Morty’s and Kevin Poon, focuses on pushing the site’s existing back-of-house kitchen towards the front-ofhouse, so passersby can peek in through the restaurant’s kitchen window from the sidewalk. Looking to a variety of Manhattan’s local pubs and diners as inspiration, the team focused on utilising a simple and straightforward colors and materials palette; such as the liberal use of red ceramic tiles, brushed stainless steel, and monochromatic stone flooring.
These materials are used to great effect for the long and linear “train-car” type “dining cabin” that the restaurant’s patron seating area is inspired by. Everything in the project is created bespoke for the site, except the silver-coloured Aluminium Prouve Chairs sourced from Industry West
Four large sized flat-screen televisions are spread throughout the restaurant floor plan so sports fans can enjoy international sporting events all day long. Both the front and back-end facades are flexible so crowds can spill out into the front sidewalk and back alleyway when it gets busy, creating a jovial indoor-outdoor relaxed eating and drinking environment.
About JJA/Bespoke Architecture
JJA/Bespoke Architecture was founded in 2016 by Creative Director, James JJ Acuna. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia University Architecture programmes, for more than a decade Acuna has worked on a wide range of lifestyle and workplace projects in Hong Kong, China, and the Asian region at large for a roster of select blue chip clients, such as Swire, Sun Hung Kai, and Hong Kong Land under corporate firms, Ronald LU & Partners, Woods Bagot, and LWK.
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Tags: Hong Kong