Tuesday 11 Jun 2013
Considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Mexico, Tori-Tori is now moving to a bigger location in the same area of Polanco, 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, 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 old house, stripping the residential interior and removing all familiar features to produce an entirely different environment.
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. Each room has its own nature and shows a clear relationship with its function.
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 façade 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.
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 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.' (Rojkind Arquitectos)