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Architects modernise 1880s restaurant

Jez Abbott
Friday 08 Feb 2019

A restaurant dating back to 1883 has been given a super-modern look and feel.

Peck opened its venue in the new high-rise district of Milan, with Vudafieri-Saverino Partners designing spaces for a delicatessen, restaurant, wine bar and cocktail bar

Peck is the symbol of Italian gastronomical delight and wanted to explore a new concept in food and drink by merging in a single place all its distinctive features.

It is located in the CityLife shopping district, the largest urban shopping district in Italy and a gleaming example of the modern vertical city.

Vudafieri-Saverino Partners used symbolic elements to reconcile Peck’s historical identity with its contemporary dimension - a bridge between the tradition of fine dining and the new city.

Peck CityLife is a 300m² organically-shaped pavilion, rich in atmosphere where food is part of a larger experience. Interior design gave continuity throughout the bars, delicatessen and restaurant. 

The space pays tribute to post-war Milan, the reconstruction and more recent economic miracle.

The restaurant is an elongated space in which mirrors amplify the depth of the display walls while intimacy is created a low suspended wooden ceiling in a diamond mesh shape.

In the evening, the volume lights up like a lantern, drawing one’s gaze to the atmospheres of the restaurant which finds intimacy in spotlighting.

Flooring is redolent of historic Milanese stone. A false ceiling with wooden panelling recalls Villa Necchi Campiglio of the great Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi.

The vast deli counter is designed to offer technical performance, aesthetics and practicality. It also introduces a new option; eating sat directly at the counter.

A series of retractable tables allows the restaurant to multiply its covers (70 in total, including 50 at the restaurant/delicatessen and 20 at the wine and cocktail bar).

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