Located in Midland Beach, Staten Island, Maillard's is an easygoing bistro that offers healthy quick-bites and scenic beach views. This restaurant is named after Louis Camille Maillard, a French chemist who first documented and explained the Maillard reaction, which is a sequence of chemical reactions that gives caramelized vegetables, baked bread, and roasted meat their delicious, complex flavors.
I created this project in one week as a personal challenge to grow my Revit knowledge. I was inspired by my experience growing up in Midland Beach-- a neighborhood that also happens to be an NYC Zone 1 emergency evacuation zone. Where I live, every rainstorm is a flash-flood alert, and ten-minute summer storms can turn streets into oceans. After the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, living in Midland Beach felt like living in a perpetual construction zone. Today, many of the buildings in my neighborhood are elevated as a result of a post-Sandy FEMA initiative to create more resilient structures. In this project, I took inspiration from these elevated buildings and allowed my site location to influence my design decisions.