Contemporary Japanese Design Influences the ‘Tori Tori Restaurant’
By Rojkind Arquitectos + ESRAWE Studio of Mexico City
© Paúl Rivera
The outer shell of the ‘Tori Tori Restaurant’ in Mexico City is outstanding and certainly gets noticed, the inner glass façade is embraced in the open structure which of a huge undulating mesh screen. Completed in 2011 this was the ambitious joint project of Rojkind Arquitectos + ESRAWE Studio. It is also an award winning design. Due to the massive popularity of the ‘Tori Tori’ Japanese restaurant, the owners decided to relocate to larger premises. The area where the new restaurant is sited is in a rapidly developing urban area where architectural change is nothing new. Due to this it was important to the designers that they created an eye catching structure that wouldn’t get lost in this rapidly altering region. Intriguing Japanese design influences are evident throughout this unique project.
The existing building has been transformed from top to bottom. The result is this chic and stylish eatery. By night the ‘woven’ façade is illuminated and appears to glow with ultra violet light. Dining areas are on both the interior and exterior of the building, the architecture contemporary Japanese design influences encourage harmony between these two areas. Although the style of the building is not typically Japanese, the essence of Japan is woven into its very fabric.