Pio Pio Restaurant by Sebastian Mariscal
The San Diego architecture firm Sebastian Mariscal Studio was tapped to design a temple to Peruvian cuisine in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York City. Using concrete, reclaimed wood and little else, Sebastian Mariscal built the breathtaking interior of Pio Pio, a posh Peruvian dining experience on Manhattan island.
The walls and ceiling of Pio Pio are comprised of tightly-woven reclaimed branches, creating a natural vibe reminiscent of early South American hut architecture. The comparison does not stop there, as the rectangular, concrete inner structures recall the temples and monuments of the Incas and other indigenous cultures of South America. The Pio Pio design is then finished with simple wooden furniture, panoramic landscape photographs and hanging, unadorned light bulbs. The result is a stunning work of interior design, a restaurant so soulful, vibrant and historic in its creation that it demands a visit, regardless of the food. If you pay Pio Pio a visit, be sure to check back here and let us know your take on the experience! [pio pio nyc by sebastian mariscal studio via yatzer, photography by a r c h p h o t o]