Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Spuntino Restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico by R-ZERO Studio
January 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: R-ZERO Studio
Spuntino (snack in Italian) was born in one of the most exclusive living and shopping centers of historical downtown Mexico City, a place to eat and drink quality wine, whose design aim lies in the creation of a contemporary yet pleasant ambience, almost homely, without abusing the over-sophistication that prevails in similar sites nowadays. Still, the starting point was a cold, colorless, not well lit locale, whose excessive height came about an uncomfortable sensation for the guests.
The main intervention to the site consisted on lowering its scale using a ceiling which at the same time held all the systems and installations required, immediately creating a warmer and more soothing ambience by the employment of natural wood.
The main traces of the design were transferred directly from the drawing board to the ceiling. In that way, ash wood lines converge and organize the space, sometimes in 90 degree angles and other times diagonally, linking design elements and intentions. From this notion, the cabinetry emerges –literally– physically bearing the set of objectives enclosed on the design.
In the presence of this emphatic gesture, the rest of the elements shaping the site are reduced gracefully to conform a feasible color palette (black, dark grey and beige) which bolster the warmth of the wooden structure, but at the same time bestow the space with a contemporary and refined character.
The subtle details such as the natural aspect of the wooden elements, the use of traditionally patterned paste tiles, and the presence of vegetation coming out of the cabinetry which will end up covering it, regard to a daily and familiar atmosphere, just like your typical grandmother’s house.
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