rustic mexican restaurant engulfs diners with wire mesh

pescaderos restaurant by territorio arquitectos

Territorio Architectos’ restored Seafood restaurant Pescaderos in Mexico City is an organic, tranquil and open space defined by an airy rustic interior. A key feature of the design of the space is the architects’ extensive use of in wood elements, the majority of which were collected from the previous site and reclaimed and repurposed to create bespoke furniture, flooring and wall panels. The Mexican architecture office completed this eco-friendly project in 2021 during the pandemic, and the team took on the challenge of creating an open, spacious space where diners can avoid crowds in enclosed spaces, while still socializing and enjoying the restaurant atmosphere. To solve this problem, Territorio Arquitectos adds metal mesh walls and screens that create a variety of large open spaces and semi-private spaces allowing visitors to enjoy a more intimate setting.

Territorio Arquitectos renovates the Pescaderos seafood restaurant in Mexico City | all pictures of Jaime Navarro

a light wooden interior

The starting point for the design of Pescaderos lies in the restoration of the existing space of 550 m². In a movement of sustainability and environmental awareness, Territorio Arquitectos has recovered all of the existing materials found on the previous site and reused them with new textures and atmospheres to be used in the new restaurant. With the use of natural tones and natural materials and textures, brought to life by an abundance of greenery that runs throughout the space, the architects achieve a light aesthetic and a tranquil, organic ambience. Pescaderos offers light, minimalist and recycled wood furniture for the dining chairs and tables, polished wood panels for the flooring and walls and darker rustic wood for the stools and benches in the living areas. traffic. Additional organic qualities are provided with the inclusion of roughly textured stone walls, which add to the rustic character and charm of the space.

rustic mexican restaurant by territorio arquitectos engulfs diners with a wire mesh netting woven with lush vegetation
neutral tones, recycled natural materials and textures define the interior space

a metal net with woven vegetation engulfs the diners

Territorio Arquitectos designs a flexible, spacious and intimate layout to allow visitors to enjoy the social aspects of the dining experience while avoiding crows in enclosed spaces in the face of the new context defined by the pandemic. The architects design the space as a large sea terrace, commenting that it is ‘inspired by models of workshops and industrial buildings with metallic aesthetics, rusty iron and exposed structures’. The Sea Terrace is enveloped in a vegetal atmosphere, generating its own imprint in time and creating a relaxed atmosphere giving rise to extended stays to its visitors. Here, diners are engulfed by a metal mesh netting that encompasses the entire outdoor patio. Faux vegetation is woven profusely through the metal ceiling and walls, and an interesting display of light and shadow is generated by the natural light that is filtered into the patio.

Inside, the mesh walls are accompanied by light, translucent curtains that run the length of the space and delicately unfurl from the ceilings like veils. These flexible screens can be opened or closed as needed to generate more open or semi-private spaces for diners. While the interior design features minimal ornamentation, Territorio Arquitectos includes art installations by the artist Marco Routree, including a large screen of circular straw mats hung beside the stairway accessing the main hall. Round organic shapes contrast with the delicate yet rigid geometry of the mesh screens, and the simplicity of the straw complements the rustic, neutral aesthetic of the interior design.

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