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Designing West African Fine Dining

Born from an infatuation with the rich culture, soul, and history of Harlem, this speakeasy is an architectural and culinary journey.

A luxury bar made of red veined marble. The surroundings are exposed brick walls, with minimalist light fixtures.

Nestled within the historic Strivers Row district on Lexington Avenue, Melange is a speculative West African fine dining concept. Our task was to create the visual brand identity and space for an expressive experience.

Animation of the word melange transitioning from red, to orange, to green.
The back patio of a speakeasy at night.

We embraced an adaptive reuse strategy, embodying ornamental historical elements to create an environment that invites exploration and connection. Through super-scaling the bulkhead and awning, we've crafted new areas for seating, relaxation, and indulgence, seamlessly blending the vibrancy of the street with Harlem's rich food culture.

A high end interior of a moody restaraunt. The walls are exposed brick, with leather seating. There is seating that appears to emerge from the facade.
A series of fish aligned artfully, in preparation to be cooked.

At Melange, every detail contributes to a story of creativity, diversity, and the enduring spirit of our community. The cuisine is a culinary odyssey through the flavours of Africa, where each dish is a masterpiece, and every moment is infused with warmth and sophistication.

Project Credits

Architecture: Atelier Oluwatosin

Brand Identity Design: Atelier Oluwatosin

Project Advisor: Megan Panzano

Renderings: Victoria Arquitectura & Atelier Oluwatosin

Atelier Oluwatosin Team: Tosin Odugbemi

Typeface: Eros by VJ Type

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