Andrea Simitch Designs Daño’s Restaurant

March 16, 2007

Andrea Simitch, associate professor of architecture and a principal of Simitch & Warke Architects, describes a recent project:

“Daño’s is a 3,500-square-foot restaurant overlooking the vineyards on the east side of Seneca Lake. The project is informed by the Austrian Heuriger -- the name given to many Austrian wine-drinking locales where patrons can experience Gemütlichkeit (as defined by Wikipedia, the notion of belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic and the spending of quality time in a place).

“The challenge here, in upstate New York, was to transform the typology of the Heuriger onto the unique topography of the Seneca Lake vineyards. The result is a structure that on one hand appears diminutive, local, a utilitarian farm building, with the kitchen and its garden welcoming the visitors, yet on the other has the capacity to introduce and frame the landscape in which it is sited. As one moves into and down through its stepping interior and finally out onto its terrace, one experiences a series of canvasses, where the landscape is selectively reintroduced and collapsed into the spatial experience. It is a window to the landscape.”

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