BIKO Restaurant Mexico – Entasis Architects

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BIKO Mexico : Restaurant Interior

Mexican Interior Architecture – design by Entasis Architects

17 Aug 2008


Design: Entasis Architects

Address: Presidente Masaryk 407, Polanco, 11550 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Phone: +52 55 5282 2064


The architectural design is partly inspired in the approach of the chefs Mikel Alonso and Bruno Oteiza (disciples of Jean Marie Arzak) through the tasting of dishes and wines where the traditional flavours of the Basque cuisine and its evolution create a new concept of clear duality.

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Based in this duality, the architectural concept uses the opposition of tones (light/dark) that can be appreciated in the texture and hardness of the materials; this, combined with an oblique geometry inspired in prehispanic forms, generated the base for the design. The colour is given by the dishes.

The dark tones are represented by black slate on floors form a solid base; dark steel plates on walls and ceiling envelope the wine cellars and bathrooms, generating more hidden and solemn spaces.

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The clear tones are conveyed by a sand coloured skin (Sande plywood) that envelops the space in horizontal scaled sections starting from the floor increasing in size and ending interweaving with a structure of vertical wooden lattices whose transparency allows a view of Mazaryk Avenue and control the afternoon sunlight.

Within this space two elements were placed to break its equilibrium, the first is a wooden walnut box that forms the bar and at the same time limits the entrance, the wine cellars and the dining area. The second one are two ¼” steel plates wrapping the chocolate coloured leather booths and also contain the waiters stations, becoming a point of reference in the restaurant.

The access to the wine cellars through an oblique tunnel made of glass is wrapped in steel plates and wooden oak racks for storing wine at a 5 degree angle to the walls and ceiling. A solid oak table in one of the cellars serves as a private dining room for special requests, enhancing the lightness of the walls and ceilings of black steel.

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BIKO Mexico images / information from Entasis Architects Aug 2008

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