In the Lafayette district of Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico, Cadena+Asociados were given the task of revitalizing the interior of a recovered contemporary building from the 1940s. The 240-ft. space has been designed to accommodate Alfonso Cadena’s new concept restaurant, Hueso.
As the name originates from the Spanish word for “bone”, the design approach took the title literally, integrating architectural details, graphics and decor which expose the skeletal structures of the building. But the exterior aesthetic is created by a double skin façade. The outermost layer of the system uses clean, artisanal, handmade ceramic tiles with a graphic approach that refers to stitching and sewing patterns.
“Influenced by a Darwinian vision, the inside skin covers almost every vertical square inch of the interior with over 10,000 collected bones“, explains Ignacia Cadena, the architect himself.
So, the exterior of the building is covered in handmade ceramic tiles which were inspired by stitching and sewing patterns. The entrance hall features a collection of 10,000 cast aluminum bones hung on the walls, while the exposed kitchen becomes a feature in itself, with the bar the only partition between it and the guests.
As for the lobby, visitors are given a glimpse of the off-white color palette in there, where a collection of aluminum cast bones are hung on the walls, while the exposed kitchen becomes a display for the guests as the bar is the only partition between its culinary artists and the main table.
All images were shot by Jaime Navarro. While architect, concept and art direction, lighting and furniture design was realised by Ignacio Cadena.