Restaurant Development & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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Form + Function season is something to consider. For example, where are you going to store all the furniture, barriers and planters? And you have to ensure the off- season patio doesn't look like an aban- doned space, says Alinovich. "It still has to have an appeal or a design element about it. So. you'd leave the planters and move everything else away." Michero designed The Curtain Hotel's Lido restaurant, in London to weather the long English winter but to be open in the summer. "We designed the space so half of this outdoor venue is walled and roofed in a glass enclo- sure, nestled up against an industrial metal wall. It has a glass ceiling that can slide to become a fully open roof- top. The exterior glass wall that halves the permanent outdoor space from the main dining and lounge can also slide open on both sides to make the entire space one venue." This, he says, is great in the warmer months, "because it's all about keeping the energy con- nected, so if one area is less populated it can vibe off of an adjacent space." And when the exterior is closed off in the winter, "guests are still able to enjoy the view of the sparkling festoon lights, lit mosaic pool and the beauti- ful city skyline beyond from the warm indoors," he says. Vincent Celano, owner of Celano Design Studio in New York City, is a big fan of indoor spaces that complete- ly open up to become outdoor spots in the warmer months. He often uses louver systems that can be opened electronically or manually and panels (usually glass, Plexiglas or vinyl) that can slide or scissor fold back on them- selves. Designs like this, he says, "are costly, but pay for themselves with the extra tables you allow for and the extra year-round revenue." Celano designed Bulla Gastrobar in Miami, and the brand is now expanding, but he's hoping to keep the strong patio element in all states to keep it consis- tent. So, he's using panels for flexibility. Another benefit of these, he says, is they can also act as a shade structure and have fans incorporated. +

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