Although it has been re-invented many times, Christian Rae Studio gave new life to this historic building on Greenwich Avenue. What was originally designed as the Putnam Trust Bank by architect F.A. Wright in 1915, will now be the new home of Duoro Restaurant. The owners were drawn to the distinct vaults and domes made by the Spanish architect and master tile craftsman Rafael Guastavino. No extra ornamentation was needed for their sensuous convex forms created in a herringbone pattern of pastel-colored tiles.
Once we stripped the interior down to reveal these beautiful domes and columns, we added LED up-lighting to highlight and graze them to enhance the color and textures. Custom designed light fixtures hang over the bar to direct the view upwards to a central skylight.
To bring down the scale of these soaring arches, we added wall panels with luxurious metal mesh fabrics that add shimmer when they catch the light. We also designed a second floor balcony to provide a unique view of the space and accommodate overflow seating and private parties.