javier monteón and pragma estudio have designed veneno bar & restaurant in guadalajara, mexico. the concept was based on a combination of elements: the traditional mexican cuisine and mixology -specifically from the northern part of the country-, the different varieties of hues found in the desert and the distinctive character of the haciendas.
all images by césar béjar
javier monteón and pragma estudio decided to mix desert hues in the earthen plaster as the main material for the project. various performance tests were conducted with different ratios of aggregates, in order to achieve a balance of color, texture, hardness and resistance to cracking. once the desired tone was achieved, it was replicated in the wooden surfaces with smooth edges, that added texture on the counters and furniture pieces, but still mantained a continuous monochromatic palette within the interior. the same hue continues on the floor, where a unique pattern matched the textured wall surface, as well as on the the distinct carved ceiling that showcases the mexican northwestern craftsmanship.
the low walls with different heights work as partitions, generating separate areas in the table clusters. these textured walls with their smooth edges give the impression of having arisen from the very ground and eroded away. in the kitchen, the cooking area makes for the heart of the whole project, paying homage to the traditional firewood cooking methods -whether in a stone or pit oven. this area is open for all guests to see and provides an out-of-the-ordinary setting: a unique opportunity to spend time together, as the first cave settlers did. within these walls, a contemplative parenthesis is formed. the veneno restaurant design generates a fusion of colors, textures, shapes, smells, and flavours, that completes the unique character of the space.
the open kitchen & fires
counter bar cavities
view from the contiguous aisle
relief ceiling plafond panel grid
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