The Southwest Porch at Bryant Park, a summer-long lounge sponsored by Southwest Airlines, officially opens next week and will offer small dishes and cocktails provided by Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft. Designed by Nancy Thiel, principal of Thiel Architecture + Design, the Porch includes adirondack chairs, porch swings, and enclosed sings that resemble birdhouses, under a pergola.
“It’s a new amenity in this exquisite park,” Thiel told AN. The lounge seats 175 in its normal configuration but can accommodate larger crowds for special events. In contrast to the French café tables and chairs used elsewhere in the park, Thiel hopes the swings and lounge seating will encourage people to look up to take in the skyline and the open air.
The Porch is located, appropriately, in the southwest corner of the park.