The Meatpacking District’s rapid gentrification in the early 2000s triggered often heated public debate: Preserve every building no matter the specific historic value, or tear everything down for new development. Noah’s on Washington Street, then a still active meatpacking corridor, took a different approach. An unused refrigerated cutting room is transformed into a bar-lounge utilizing existing meatpacking infrastructure and paraphernalia.
Optical fiber – the medium facilitating new rapidly proliferating global communication networks – was introduced as a ‘dumb’ material (at the time a spool cost $650 for 9,000 meters). Bundles of fibers were braided across the steel structure that supported the suspended track and switch system, transmitting lighting effects throughout the space.
New York, USA
Bar and lounge
systems and materials:
Repurposed meatpacking infrastructure, steel, optical fiber, cast resin, leather
Lindy Roy with Jonas Coersmeier, Tracy Geraldez, Michael Maggio, Monica Tiulescu and Heidi Werner
Okavango Delta Spa, Hotel QT, Hybird by Questlove, Bar at the Bridge, Issey Miyake, Meatspace, MoMA/P.S.1: Subwave, Alaska Rendezvous Heli-ski Lodge
Henry Urbach Architecture, X-Roy Projects
SFMOMA, ROY Design Series 1
selected press and publications:
Architectural Design (November 2002)
Casamica (September 2003)
bob: International Magazine of Space Design (2005)
Dwell (April 2003)
Vogue (September 2001)