Alda Ly Architecture Designs TALEA's Vibrant West Village Taproom

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Alda Ly Architecture (ALA) has designed the third “taproom” for TALEA, the first female and veteran-owned production brewery in NYC. A cafe by day and bar by night, TALEA’s West Village taproom will be its first in Manhattan, with two locations already up and running in Brooklyn. The concept for this new location is inspired by the history of the neighborhood and TALEA’s unique founding story of two women breaking ground in the overwhelmingly male-dominated industry of brewing. As such, this new taproom on Christopher Street reclaims the traditionally masculine identity of a West Village saloon to celebrate voices of women and LGBTQ+ communities in the Village, all while serving Talea’s popular sour brews in an elevated, vibrant space.

Upon entering the taproom, visitors encounter an open dining room anchored by a bar and flexible seating, visible via the street-facing windows. Says Alda Ly, Founder and Principal of ALA, “We opened up the space to provide as much open area for the front dining room, and brought the bar front and center to highlight the taps with their extensive selection of beers. We wanted the bar to be a welcoming beacon for all people in the neighborhood.” Walking past the bar, visitors will reach the “The Revolution Room”, a place for groups of 8-10 to scheme, hang, and gather. And finally, at the very back of the space, is a secret room nicknamed “The Snug”, an ode to spaces that were once designated secret areas in speakeasies and saloons for women to gather and organize in public space. As such, this West Village taproom can be frequented for both work and play. 

Classic saloon detailing like exposed brick, decorative molding, and brass accents are brought to life with fresh finishes like saffron and mango tiling, quartz countertops, and colorfully stained oak to speak to TALEA’s bold and fun personality. ​ “It was important to us to capture the spirit of TALEA in a space that felt elevated but also very warm and welcoming.” ALA’s project Director Marissa Feddema says of the interior palette and details. Immediately patrons are welcomed by a mauve-stained white oak barface topped with stone and complemented by tiles that cascade down the back tap wall in a few of TALEA’s bold brand colors. An array of seating which includes red Industry West Scroll dining chairs, mauve Article Rus chairs and a stained oak banquette accommodates a range of socializing, drawing patrons deeper into the taproom. The bar is lit by Junit pendants made of oak from Schneid Studio.

“The space definitely felt like it had history and a past life” says Feddema. “Originally built in 1920, the building has been a part of the fabric of the neighborhood and a key part of the iconic Christopher Street elevation for a long time.”

The spiraling staircase of the original building is tucked behind the bar across from a transitional seating area that leads to the “revolution room” and restrooms. The “revolution room” is a flexible teamwork and dining space ornamented by a Nuura Miira 8 Oval chandelier. Across the hallway, the restrooms themselves pay homage to the rich history of the surrounding area, peppered with images of local prominent residents and gender activists through the years – patrons can capture some of that history with a mirror selfie. Continuing down the hallway, a visitor would soon find themselves in the snug – a cozy intimate back space of limewash painted walls, an olive velvet banquette, and orange plush lounge chairs that give the space a tactile memory. The subtle jewel of the taproom, the snug is lit by brass dottie sconces and features a reclaimed vintage fireplace mantel. It is available to rent for private events. 

A fourth TALEA taproom and second Manhattan location designed by ALA is slated to open in late 2023 near Bryant Park. 

Photography by Brooke Holm:

Project Credits:

Architect & Interior Designer: ALA (Alda Ly, Marissa Feddema, Sheridan Treadwell, Marlee Anderson)

MEP Engineer: Tan EngineeringGC: Aerial Design & Build

Materials & Finishes


  • Daltile Natural Hues wall tile, Saffron color 
  • Nemo Tile Vogue wall tile, Mandarino color
  • Mauve stained white oak bar face
  • Stained white oak banquette
  • Brass accents
  • Quartz countertops
  • Venetian plaster walls (snug/private dining room)
  • Bedrosians mosaic tile forming brand logo mark


  • Reclaimed vintage fireplace mantel
  • Industry West Scroll dining chairs, red
  • Article Rus chairs, mauve
  • Article Hendry stools, olive
  • Hay Palissade Cone tables, olive
  • Orange plush lounge chairs


  • Schneid Studio Junit pendants, oak
  • Nuura Miira 8 Oval chandelier
  • Visual Comfort Dottie sconces, brass


  • Artwork featuring women and West Village history 
  • Chalkboard
  • Brass frames

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About Alda Ly Architecture

Alda Ly Architecture (ALA) is a full service architecture and interior design firm that emphasizes deep listening and hands-on collaboration with clients throughout the design process. The firm serves established organizations as well as entrepreneurs and startups who are looking to rethink traditional healthcare, retail, office, and cultural spaces. ALA is a recognized thought leader in biophilic design and has been featured nationally and internationally in publications such as Metropolis, Contract, Interior Design, and Wallpaper*, among others.

The New York City-based studio’s long list of clients includes Bloomberg, Red Bull, Princeton University, Rent the Runway, Christian Louboutin, The Wing, and women’s healthcare platform, Tia. While ALA’s projects range in scale and type, they all share ALA’s minimalist and playful design vocabulary, and seamlessly combine comfort, wellness, smart planning and fresh interior design concepts. To arrive at these thoughtful, custom solutions, ALA treats each as an opportunity to foster a client’s creativity.

Because the studio often gives form to services and business models that have few spatial precedents, it starts each project with a discovery phase in which an organization’s founders, team members, and users share their individual experiences with that brand; ALA’s ethnographic research becomes the basis of programming and functionality, as well as concepts for layouts and finishes. The Studio is committed to expressing every commission’s potential within the constraints of time and budget.

ALAis a certified Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) in NYC.

Alda Ly is founder and principal of ALA. Born in New Zealand and raised in a working-class suburb of Los Angeles, she would watch her cabinetmaker father draw kitchen elevations and accompany him to open houses to see how other people shaped their spaces. From the moment she studied freehand drawing as a UC Berkeley undergrad, Ly knew she wanted to become an architect, and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. While still a student at Harvard, in 2008 she helped launch MASS Design Group, the award-winning nonprofit design practice dedicated to humanitarian and socially sustainable work.

Since 2002, Ly has lived in New York City and has worked at Rafael Viñoly Architects, 212box, HWKN, and Leong Leong. In these tenures, she nurtured a curiosity in evolving work and cultural spaces, and discovered a talent for leading project teams with empathy. She also co-founded Designers Assembly, which supports young architects who aspire to ethical, creatively fulfilling entrepreneurship. She lives with her husband Rob, a tech product manager, and their son Simon and daughter Stella.