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Tori Tori Restaurant

Mexican architects Rojkind Arquitectos and interior designer Hector Esrawe have designed a Japanese restaurant for Mexico City.Called Tori Tori Restaurant, the project involves converting a house but aims to make the building unrecognisable. A two-layer steel lattice covers the facade of the original house, intended to reference ivy growing on the existing walls behind it.Esrawe has custom-designed all the furniture for the interior.

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The existing structure, once an office building, was broken up in favor of a, in the architects’ words, “modern and cosmopolitan temple”.  Two steel grids surround the restaurant’s glazed shell, thus creating an interesting interplay between light and shadow on the interior. Adhering to the clients’ wishes, the architects installed a number of terrace-like dining rooms, taking their inspiration from the Japanese culture, each with its own unique materiality.

The subtle changes in color and material in addition to the directional lighting aid the division of the space and make for a celebration of the place we dedicate to taste sensations. The furniture that adorns the restaurant’s interior was designed by Studio Esrawe especially for Tori Tori.

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ESRAWE Studio:

Considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Mexico City and due to its remarkable success, Tori-Tori has now moved to a bigger location in the same area of Polanco, Mexico City, where Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studio teamed up to make it happen.

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 existing spatial conditions through different experiences, the new range of open spaces, its terraces, its sake bar and its own exclusive temple oriented at highly demanding sushi lovers.

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“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.” – Michel Rojkind, rojkind arquitectos

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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.

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“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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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 selfsupporting 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, rojkind arquitectos.

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.

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Project Data:

Project name: Tori Tori Restaurant
Location: Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico
Coordinates: 19.430407, -99.191936
Type: Restaurant, Lounge / Bar / Restaurant / Night Clubs
Construction area: 629 sqm
Design Year: 2009
Completion Year: 2011
Visit Tori Tori Restaurant’s website: here

Awards:

  • 2012 – AZURE Magazine’s Awards – People’s Choice – Architecture – Commercial under 1,000 sqm
  • 2012 – WAN Awards – Category: Lighting – Entry
  • 2011 – ArchDaily Building of the Year Award – Hotel & Restaurants

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Tori Tori Restaurant
Architects: Rojkind Arquitectos – Reforma 509, Cuahutémoc, 06500 D.F., Mexico
Project Team (rojkind arquitectos):

  • Tere Levy, Agustín Pereyra, Raúl Araiza, Carlos Alberto Ríos, Isaac Smeke J.,Enrique F. de la Barrera, Daniela Bustamante, Daniel Hernández

Interior Designer: ESRAWE Studio – Alejandro Dumas 161, Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Project Team (ESRAWE Studio):

  • Ricardo Casas, Basia Pineda, Ian Castillo, Karianne Rygh, Alejandra Castelao, Jorge Bracho, Rodrigo L. Franco

Design Computational Consultants: Kokkugia – Roland Snooks, Robert Stuart-Smith
Construction: ZDA desarrollo + arquitectura – Yuri Zagorin
Structural Engineering: Ing. Juan Felipe Heredia
Facade Engineering: GRUPO MAS – Ing. Eduardo Flores
M.E.P.: QUANTUM Diseño
Lightning Design: luz en arquitectura – Arq. Kai Diederichsen
Audio & Video Design: NTX New Technology Experience
Landscape Design: Verde 360°
Furniture: Esrawe Studio
Kitchen: San-Son
Visualization: Glessner Group
Interior Visualization: Esrawe Studio
Text Description: © Courtesy of Rojkind Arquitectos, ESRAWE Studio
Images: © Paúl Rivera

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