La Capital bar by Dellekamp Architects

published in: Restaurants/Bars By Costas Voyatzis, 23 March 2009

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© photo: Iwan Baan

Program: Bar | Entertainment venue
Location:Col. Condesa, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Status: Built 2008
Architectural Project: Dellekamp Architects | Derek Dellekamp and Hector Zeivy
Project Leader: Aisha Ballesteros
Team: Tania Guerrero, Ignacio Mendez, Jachen Schleich
Photography: Iwan Baan

© photo: Iwan Baan

© photo: Iwan Baan

La Capital has infused a modern twist on the cantina while evoking its spirit through the volumetric qualities of the tall, narrow space inside. The elements within it are organized functionally, with all the utilities and service spaces pushed to one edge to allow the rest of the space to be free. The entire building is compressed into a single volume, allowing the kitchen to spill out onto a back terrace. The slope created by the parking ramp is reflected in the restaurant above, where it becomes a series of seats that break up the single space, making these a place of observation and exhibition. The openness of the space makes it a place to see and be seen, and it allows for connectivity.

© photo: Iwan Baan

© photo: Iwan Baan

© photo: Iwan Baan

 

This idea is also reflected on this screen that makes up the middle portion of the facade, which follows a recognizable pattern that has been transformed through the augmentation of its scale and proportion. Above, it seems to support a heavy, solid mass. Below this is a window where the occupants become part of the facade as a moving, ever-changing window display.

© photo: Iwan Baan

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Dellekamp Architects , Iwan Baan

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    Silvia | 2010-08-02 23:09:21

    ItΒ΄s too sad that Dellekamp Architects didnΒ΄t take into consideration the way this building interacts with the enviorment. There are more than 40 families living around this bar, and we suffer terribly from the noise coming from the terrace. This terrace could be located differently easily and everybody would be happy.

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