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York, Los Angeles, Boston and Florida. "We
have received a lot of exposure for our commercial products," Kofitsas notes. "People
see it and are engaged with our work and
want this vernacular in their home."

CATCH LA
CATCH LA is one such commercial project
that has received a lot of attention from celebrities and the media. The 12,000-squarefoot rooftop project has become a visual
sensation - voted by Architectural Digest as
the third-most-Instagrammed restaurant in
the country - because of its garden feel and
an entryway longer than a basketball court
that makes guests feel as though they are
transported to a fantasy world.
"I wanted that first 100 feet to be really
important and take you away from where
you just were, which was downtown Los Angeles. It's a little bit of fantasy," Kofitsas says.
"When you land upstairs in the elevator and
start the procession into the restaurant, there
is a fountain that is parallel to your path so

you hear and see water. I also built a metal
structure, similar to a trellis, adorned with
plants and flowers above the entryway."
CATCH LA was built on a rooftop in West
Hollywood and, taking advantage of the
city's mild-to-warm weather year-round, is
an entire restaurant devoted to an outdoor
space. New World Design Builders designed
a custom retractable tent structure that
allowed it to cover 90 percent of the dining
room, in case of inclement weather.
"The overtone of the restaurant is a
garden feel, which is what I set out for it
to have when I first visited the space more
than three years ago," Kofitsas says. "I've
always been a huge fan of nature and I
have always loved being outdoors. I had the
unique opportunity here to bring that into
an environment that didn't exist in L.A."
The 9,000-square-foot dining room space
is broken into four distinct areas: the bar,
private dining room, main dining room and
the exterior space that is not covered. Each
space has its own unique feel with light-

ing, furniture and layouts so that different
microenvironments were created in one
big environment. "It's a big restaurant, but I
wanted to create pockets of areas so I could
get a more intimate feeling in different parts
of the restaurant," Kofitsas adds.
CATCH LA is unique because it is the
only restaurant in the world that existed
completely outdoors, so New World Design
Builders had to get creative with the
flooring. "The floor is everything in a space,
and we actually had a roof underneath
us," Kofitsas explains. "We had to design a
pedestal system where you could walk on
pavers that were set above the roof without
jeopardizing the integrity of the roof."
New World Design Builders partnered
with a company based in Italy that created
roof pavers that looked like tile. The company selected wood grain and porcelain roof
pavers to cover the rooftop.
The first CATCH is located in a four-story
building in New York City, so New World
Design Builders designed the exterior walls

New World built CATCH LA on a rooftop in
West Hollywood, and the entire restaurant
is devoted to its outdoor space.

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