After just six years of operation, self-actualized sound room and vegan restaurant Public Records has established itself as a Brooklyn mainstay. The venue, which has been both a guitar repair shop and an ASPCA headquarters, was reimagined by design-minded producers Shane Davis and Francis Harris in 2017, and it quickly filled a gap in the local nightlife offering. While a high-fidelity speaker system did much to entice an electronic music-inclined audience, an advanced menu worked magic to attract a discerning crop of foodies. A sophisticated interior aesthetic of no-nonsense finishes, sleek geometric forms, muted earth tones, and ample greenery also played an important role in bringing the whole vision to life.
Today, Public Records still leads the progressive charge with strict waste standards and a transdisciplinary program. Resourcefulness, sustainability, and openness remain core tenets. And owing to its continued success, the trendy watering hole has recently undergone multiple expansions. After the opening of the DIY-inspired, Studio Kos–designed, and Arup-engineered Upstairs Lounge last fall, The Nursery is Public Records’s latest offering. Making good use of what was otherwise a neglected, postindustrial parking lot, The Nursery’s wooden trusses were cleverly designed by local firm Mattaforma, an architecture practice that often develops projects based on comprehensive environmental audits. The firm’s brief was to develop a greenhouse structure that could be passively heated and cooled at different times of day.
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