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El Japonez Restaurant

contributed by 323 World Architecture Festival , 30 September 2009

 

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Description El Japonez Restaurant:

A LARGE OPEN SPACE, FULL OF LIGHT, WITH VIRTUALLY NO COLUMNS, COVERED IN WOOD AND PLANTS: DESIGN CONCEPTS THAT BECOME REALITY IN THIS RESTAURANT. VEGETATION IS INCORPORATED IN AN ORIGINAL WAY, AND NOT BY USING WEAK ELEMENTS SUCH AS FLOWERPOTS.

THE FLOOR OF THE RESTAURANT IS COVERED BY A PLASTIC CARPET THAT EVOKES THE TATAMI OF JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE.

THE SCARCITY OF COLUMNS IS EVIDENT: ONLY ONE COLUMN IS CLEARLY PRESENT IN TERMS OF SPACE, WHICH CREATES THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS LONG STRETCH IS SUPPORTED BY ONLY ONE STRUCTURAL ELEMENT. THERE ARE OTHER SEVEN ELEMENTS THAT PLAYFULLY PRETEND TO BE COLUMNS BUT NEVER TOUCH THE GROUND: THEY EMERGE FROM THE SOFFIT AND HAVE A SPECIFIC ROLE: THE CREATION OF TWO DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS WITHIN THE SAME ATMOSPHERE. THE REST OF THE COLUMNS HAVE BEEN HIDDEN SO AS TO AVOID INTERRUPTING THE FLOW OF LIGHT AND SPACE.

THE PRESENCE OF WOOD AS A MATERIAL IS NOT LIMITED TO THE FORESEEABLE USE OF FLOORBOARDS, BUT CONTRIBUTES TO THE GAME OF SHAPES AND TEXTURES THROUGH THE USE OF 10X10CM STUD SECTIONS, WHICH COVER THE SOLID SECTIONS AND THE SOFFIT.

OVER THE BAR, THE STUD WALL SHOWS SOME CAVITIES, WHICH ARE ILLUMINATED, MAKING IT APPEAR LESS HEAVY AND REVEALING THAT SOMETHING HAPPENS BEHIND THEM. A STAIRCASE HIDDEN BEHIND THE BAR LEADS TO THE REST ROOMS, WHICH FEATURE AN OPAQUE GLASS BOX CONTAINED IN ANOTHER WOODEN BOX. THERE, THE ENVIRONMENT IS MILDER, AND IT PLAYFULLY PRETENDS TO MINIMIZE THE SEPARATION BETWEEN THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S REST ROOMS.

: Jaime Navarro 

 

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Cuajimalpa, Mexico




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