Eataly was a bit of a polarizing project entry for the SADI jury. The project, designed by TPG Architecture, is tremendously successful as a retail space and also a “phenomenal transformation” of the landmark Toy Center building on New York’s Fifth Avenue. There was a debate about Eataly’s plan, as it’s a challenging site, and the layout creates some bottlenecks for the mass of consumers who visit daily. But some jurors thought a little bit of chaos was not such a bad thing. “They successfully created an experience that is original,” one judge said. The retail environment features five restaurants with open kitchens and several other food venues specializing in Italian delicacies. There’s a cooking school, a wine bar, a wine store, a Rizzoli bookstore, an Italian bank, a travel agency and an outpost of the Italian newspaper La Stampa, as well as a sprawling marketplace offering imported Italian goods. All these elements intersect and flow into each other, creating a completely unique retail and dining experience. As another judge put it, Eataly’s design “put in something so counter to what was there before. It is nicely done.”

Project Name

New York City

Square Footage

TPG Architecture
Oscar Farinetti, Eataly / Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group

MEP Engineer
AMA Consulting

Structural Engineer
Severud Associates
Lighting Designer
Lighting Workshop

Kitchen Equipment Consultant
Yui Design

General Contractor
Structure Tone

Costa Group

Display Fixtures
New Store Europe Italia


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