When you are in the architectural acoustical design business, as we are, much of your work cannot be SEEN but is HEARD. You cannot photograph it. You just have to be there.
We appreciated being part of the design team hired to make X20 Xaviars on the Hudson a dining experience worthy of the sumptuous food for which they are famous. From the amazing redo of an historic warehouse on the Hudson [Highland Associates, architects] to master chef Peter X. Kelly’s perfectly prepared cuisine, everything had to be “just-so.”
The X20 Xaviars On The Hudson Architectural Acoustical Design Project
Starting with an all glass exterior we knew it would be a challenge. Our acoustical skills were tasked to create just the right atmosphere for the diners to enjoy. Not loud, not strident, but pleasant even when busy. (*which it always is …….)
It’s done in stealthy ways using materials that are almost invisible to the decor.
About The Master Chef & Owner Peter X. Kelly
Xaviar’s master chef and owner of X20 Xaviars, Peter X. Kelly: Peter X. Kelly is known as “the man who brought sophisticated New American Cuisine to the Hudson Valley” Starting his restaurant career at the young age of 14 as a dish washer he moved on to a position as a banquet waiter while finishing high school. Those two experiences were the humble beginnings of Peter learning the ins and outs of the hospitality business. At age 23 was given the opportunity to take over a country club restaurant where, unexpectedly, a disagreement with the chef [over, of all things, how to make beer batter] resulted in the chef leaving and Peter stepping into that role! There is much more to this fascinating story. Find out how he became a chef among champions. You can read the whole amazing story here=> The Peter X. Kelly Story
AVL’s part in this endeavor was to help acoustically design each room for the sound to be just as delightful as the stunning architecture and great food. Music and conversation were to be pleasant, not disruptive. Above all, nothing could be introduced that would interfere with the beautiful surroundings and great view. Our work had to be stealthy – invisible!
Mission accomplished! X20 Xaviars continues to be a top of the line dining experience – a perfect night on the town!