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Bates Masi + Architects LLC, a full-service architectural firm with roots in New York City and the East End of Long Island for over 50 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals or groups for whom they are designed. The focus is neither the size nor the type of project but the opportunity to enrich lives and enhance the environment. The attention to all elements of design has been a constant in the firm’s philosophy. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and furniture in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. The firm has received 127 design awards since 2003 and has been featured in national and international publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, and Dwell. Residential Architect Magazine selected Bates Masi one of their 50 Architect’s We Love. In 2013, Bates Masi was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

Paul Masi spent childhood summers in Montauk and currently resides in Amagansett. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Catholic University and a Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He worked at Richard Meier & Partners before joining this firm in 1998.

Harry Bates, a resident of East Hampton, received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University. After ten years with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, he was in private practice in New York City for 17 years before moving the firm to Southampton on the East End in 1980. Our offices have recently relocated to a new office building of our own design in East Hampton.

Tessa

Tessa

Size: 3,250 sq. ft.

Location: New York, NY

Program: Restaurant

Photographer: Eric Laignel

Contractor: Jeff Lamm

Interior Designer: Bates Masi Architects

 

Scaffolding, fire escapes, and security gates unintentionally contribute to the urban character of Manhattan. These urban necessities are ubiquitous and forgettable. However, without these items, the visual context of the street would be very different. When these utilitarian components are brought into focus, there is an expression of patterns and raw material that have a sculptural quality. The design of this new restaurant focuses on celebrating these elements for a unique dining experience within the undercurrent of this urban context. The selection of the materials, detailing, and graphics were derived by focusing on the security gate. The result is a comprehensive environment that is connected to the place it is located.

The kinetic steel security gate has the ability to open and close. In the closed position, it can appear opaque. In the open position it is transparent. Two layers of the blackened steel gate make up the dropped ceiling and blur the perception of the beginning and end of the ceiling. The gates conceal the numerous mechanicals in the plenum space. Ceiling lights shine through the diamond shaped openings of the gates, illuminating the geometry and creating shadows. Adjusting the apertures of the gates alters the quality of light throughout the space and compliments the existing raw brick walls.The simple texture of this element initiated the selection and detailing of other materials. Classic wire glass, with varying levels of opacity, define the space. Herringbone patterned wood flooring and the bar top reflects the ceiling at various scales. Diamond plate steel stairs align the functional element with the material and pattern choices throughout. Industrial scissor lamps, derived from the security gate, provide flexibility when seating is reconfigured. The lights illuminate custom tables, which are a further refinement of the new architectural language. Even the smallest details of the space, such as strategically spaced steel fasteners, compliment the narrative in varying scales.

The idealized perception of a city like Manhattan can differ from what is really there. Small and often overlooked components make up the complete context of the city. Exploring and celebrating the mundane uncovered a new language and strong brand for the restaurant.