TRATTORIA TRE COLORI
Located in the Time Square District of New York City, the large, casual Italian restaurant occupies three floors of a 5-story building.
The design intended to interpret the archetypal “trattoria” in a modern idiom. Certain elements associated with the classical “trattoria” are introduced not as faux historical additions but to serve functional purposes. Examples include the eccentrically curved and truncated “vault” that runs along the length of the dining room that actually serves to conceal the air conditioning ducts; also a large wood “beam” grid structure, suggestive of a beamed ceiling, that in fact floats below the ceiling in the dining room to light the space.
Materials used include quartzite stone for bar tops, blackened steel, ash wood flooring and Venetian plaster walls, all selected for their durability and ability to patina gracefully. Existing brick walls and cast-iron surrounds on the storefront were exposed and merged into the design.