Huascar & Co. Bake Shop
Project : Huascar & Co. Bake Shop
Location: Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Firm : George Ranalli Architect
Huascar & Co. Bake Shop, located at 453 W. 54th Street, occupies the street level storefront of a mid-block multi-unit residential building, near 10th Avenue, on Manhattan’s West Side. The project interpreted Chef Aquino’s vision for a flagship retail space. A “gut renovation” inside-and-out included a tailored new copper-clad façade designed to harmonize with the size, form, and density of its host structure. The new facade is also suitably transparent and reflective enough to enthuse the attention of passersby. The stylish storefront neatly incorporates energy-efficient, linear LED luminaries, and a discrete surface channel drainage system. Inside, the project eschews the customary bake shop aesthetic. Instead, a colorful, sculptural median delineates display space, at front, and production, at back, for a delicious New York bakery for a chef who likes to tinker with the classics.