Tori Tori Restaurant,
Mexico City/ rojkind arquitectos + ESRAWE Studio
Considered one of the
best Japanese restaurants in Mexico City and due to its remarkable
success, Tori-Tori is now moving to a bigger location in the same
area of Polanco, Mexico City, where Architect Michel Rojkind and
Industrial Designer Hector Esrawe teamed up to make it happen.
At the residential area
in Polanco that has seen changes in its zoning, houses have been
transformed to office spaces or restaurants. Sometimes things
happen so unnoticeably, that just a small sign appears where a new
space has been developed with a completely different program
inside, while preserving its exterior.
Aware of this, Rojkind
and Esrawe wanted to give enough strength to the new program that
they proposed to transform the space inside out.
Taking advantage of the
plot’s conditions, the parking space will be left where it is, to
use the budget mainly for restructuring and renovating the house,
stripping the residential interior and removing all familiar
features to produce an entirely different environment.
‘We are being coherent
with its culinary know-how and creating the accurate environment
and situations for a gastronomical experience. The final result is
achieved not only by working with the client but with his complete
staff as well.'
Although the client’s
requirements were oriented towards a Japanese interpretation, it
was not literal, he wanted the place to have its own personal
expression, contemporary and cosmopolitan, by enhancing its
spatial existing conditions through different experiences, the new
range of open spaces, its terraces, its sake bar and its own
exclusive temple oriented to the highly demanding sushi lovers.
Maintaining a very
intimate and subtle feel towards the first encounter with the
exterior, once you enter you’ll find yourself in a terrace, where
eating and drinking are embraced by natural vegetation. The
building’s organic façade and landscape were carefully designed to
become an extension of the restaurant creating a strong
relationship between the inside and the outside.
The interior receives
and follows the exterior with subtle contrasts. Each room has its
own nature and shows a clear relationship with its function. The
furniture was inspired and made for Tori Tori and developed with a
direct orientation through each space. During more than eight
months a complete collection of chairs and tables where created,
for both exterior and interior use.
‘We seek in the project
a chance for the users to link with the different ambiances and
choose their favorites. Each space’s materials, setup and
characteristics towards the furniture generate a wide spectrum of
options and sensations for its assiduous clients.’ I.D. Héctor
Esrawe, ESRAWE studio
The Façade, which seems
to emerge from the ground climbing up through the building, as if
mimicking the natural ivy surrounding the retaining walls, is made
up of two self-supporting layers of steel plates cut with a CNC
machine and handcrafted to exact specifications.
'At rojkind arquitectos
we are very rigorous about experimenting with digital design as
well as getting things built. That’s why we have specially focused
on how to translate complex geometries into very simple and
understandable drawings that benefit from local manufacturing, as
is the case of working in Mexico City.
Our vast experience
building over the past years has made us aware of the incredible
local labor that would be very difficult to get in different
countries. Depending on the geographical location of new
commissions given to the office we do enough research to
understand in which area we can benefit from local conditions and
enhance the final result to make it unique.’ Michel Rojkind,
The facade’s pattern
responds to the inside openings, filtering light, shadows, and
views that will constantly invade the interior spaces. An
atmosphere enriched by the spectrum of subtle changes.