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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Freims Condesa in Mexico by ARQMOV Workshop

 
June 30th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ARQMOV Workshop

The project involved the renovation of a house built in the 1920s, to transform it into the first restaurant specialized in serving waffle sandwiches in Mexico, along with a great variety of freshly brewed coffee made with the best extraction methods available.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

  • Architects: ARQMOV Workshop
  • Project: Freims Condesa
  • Location: Colonia Condesa , Mexico City, Mexico
  • Photography: Rafael Gamo
  • Software used: Autocad, Photoshop, Sketchup
  • Living Area: 235 m²
  • Date: 2016

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

The new franchise is based on an entirely new approach where the primary concern is to ensure that each space takes on its own personality. The design features a flexible program where normal commercial restaurant activities are enhanced by integrating different cultural and artistic expressions, thus providing a suitable space for reading groups, book presentations, acoustic concerts, and wine tasting events. The common thread consists of using the spaces distributed all through the venue to promote art and literature, including a gallery where different artists can exhibit their work for certain periods of time. This specific part of the project included an interior wall put up in the patio to create a focal visual point from the moment you walk into restaurant that offers a platform for artists to exhibit their works.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

The building is located on one of the busiest avenues in La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City and was brought back from a prolonged state of abandonment and remodeled in a way that preserved its original layout to the extent possible. The facade was renovated and adapted to its new use, and its original materials were kept throughout the house and garden to serve as “testimonies” to the building’s historical nature, with examples including the fountain, benches, and boundary walls, in addition to the conservation of construction techniques from the era in which it was first built.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

A set of openings allow the sun light to penetrate well into the interior, and the window works were replicated to arrange the architectural language both inside the building and in the distinctive patio, whose original fountain’s silhouette has been respected, reinterpreted, and adapted in harmony with the outlines created for the new design. Set up around the new water-mirror fountain is an ample space for intimate group dining intended to add an element of diversity to the way people eat by creating an environment that allows for contemplation, relaxation, plentiful vegetation, shaded areas, and the natural fresh and cool air flows provided by the restaurant’s location. The original architectural layout of the spaces has been respected, which means that the structure of the house has been altered as little as possible. For example, the kitchen was remodeled to fit its original area and ensure the optimization of its space and functionality.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

A key consideration in the development of this project was the recovery and recycling of materials that were used to design the furniture, the original windows, the ceramic plaster floors, and the wood paneling.

The interior flooring was made to resemble polished concrete, with the patio decked in colored paved stones with solid bases and hollow spaces strategically created as planters to grow greens and an organic garden.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

The primary elements featured in the design of this restoration project include the basic lighting provided with Edison light bulbs, and old-fashioned or concrete lamps, whose soft lights accentuate the combination of materials and textured facades.

It is, in essence, a light-hearted space for art and socializing that offers diners a relaxing experience and a welcome diversion from the daily grind.

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © Rafael Gamo

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

Image Courtesy © ARQMOV Workshop

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Categories: Autocad, Photoshop, Renovation, Restaurant, SketchUp

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