David Rockwell has truly revolutionized the outdoor restaurant design for the wake of COVID-19. He and his studio, Rockwell Group, have launched a "kit of parts to turn New York City's streets into outdoor restaurants that allow social distanced dining." While the idea is crucial as many businesses are preparing to open, the project provides a great case study for the future of dining spaces.
The new outdoor restaurant design boasts some crucial components that have been considered to be necessary as the pandemic has progressed. This includes a dining booth, wooden decking panels, plant-covered street fencing, and a sanitation station. Additional details are provided to reach a better aesthetic and comfort for patrons—from special lighting and umbrellas to protect from the sun to planter benches and fans.
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