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Flour sacks emptied by Runner&Stone's baker were re-purposed as the formwork for nearly 1,000 custom fabricated gently swollen concrete building units. Each "belly block" is uniquely shaped forming billowing walls of concrete that thread through the restaurant, up the stairwell and into the residences above.

Design: Latent Productions

Belly Block Crew: Laura Buck, Jangwon Choi, Sean Dawson, Peter Endris, Miles Fujiki, Hajeong Lim, Martin Lodman, Marc Mascarello, Michael Ong, Natasa Papadi, Muchan Park, Alan Paukman, Katerina Petrou, Jonathan Requillo, Bridget Rice, Sarah Ruel-Bergeron, Tom Duffy, Eugene Tin Yu Kao, Anna Vander Zwaag, Salvador Velasquez, Alvaro Velosa, Margaux Young

Photography: Latent, Ho Kyung Lee, Margaux Young

Awards and Commendations:

American Institute of Architects, NY 2014 Merit Award for Interior Architecture
Latent Production's design for Runner & Stone was one of 8 recipients awarded for exceptional interior design in a pool of applicants including all New York designers operating world-wide and international designers working in New York.

Architizer’s 2014 A+ Awards. Finalist, Architecture + Materials
Latent’s “Belly Blocks,” custom designed and fabricated for Runner &Stone, were honored among five finalists. A+ Awards convey definitive global architectural recognition with over 70 categories and 300 judges honoring the best architecture, spaces, and products.

Archtober Building of the Day” on 21 October 2014
Runner & Stone’s home at 285 Third Ave, has been selected as one of 31 buildings recognized during the month of October to celebrate contemporary and iconic architecture in NYC. Tour with the architects, chef and baker from 12 – 1.

Gizmodo and Archinect
Latent’s concrete “Belly Blocks” led Archinect’s Top Ten Images of 2013, and were featured on Gizmodo in Jan 2014.