Architect Michel Rojkind and Industrial Designer Hector Esrawe teamed up to create the Tori Tori Japanese restaurant in Mexico City, which features a funky perforated facade and a beautiful green wall inside. The clients asked the designers to create a modern take on Japanese tradition by developing an interior with a contemporary and cosmopolitan twist. The building's complex self-supporting façade mimics the natural ivy that runs along the property's retaining walls - read on for a look inside!
The green wall inside the Tori Tori restaurant accents and compliments the space while drawing the eye to its beauty. The skylight above provides plenty of natural light for the wall and interior spaces. According to Michel Rojkind, ‘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.”
The restaurant’s beautiful entryway compliments the organic and free flowing façade. The relationship between the indoors and outdoors is a fundamental consideration in Japanese architecture, and many traditional Japanese house typologies mesh and blend the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. Drawing upon this traditional design approach, Rojkind Arquitectos carefully designed the surrounding landscape to extend the scope of the restaurant outside.
Photos by Paúl Rivera