Mexican Restaurant Pujol designed by Spanish Architecture Studio JSa
Architecture studio JSa designed the highest ranking Mexican restaurant Pujol, featuring gardens and wooden decking.
Spanish based architecture studio JSa is recognized by its pragmatic, social and environmental friendly approach to design. Founded in 1996, the studio aims to reconvert, rehabilitate, restore, redress, reinsert and rehab projects around the world with its unique way of using and recreating.
Their philosophy undertakes a continuous cycle of learning on which research, urban approach and architectural projects value proposition for their clients.
Recently they transformed a old house in Mexico city into a domestic feel restaurant named Pujol, which was recently named one of the best places to eat in the world. The studio opt for gardens, courtyards and wooden decks creating an outstanding architecture project.
Pujol was recently moved to a larger location in Mexico city, and it made only sense that the local studio JSa received the challenge to transform the highest ranking Mexican restaurant.
The restaurant was previously located in a wealthy residential and cultural diverse area called Polanco, a place filled with residences inspired by the properties in south-west of the United states, and the construction boom in the 1950’s. Many feature gardens that wrap around the front and side of the house, and indoor courtyards.
The designers opt to maintain these architectural features throughout its design. In order to do that, they opt to use local labor and materials to connect with the surrounding properties.
“We wanted to preserve the essence of the house as a typical dwelling example of the Polanco neighbourhood, with a four deck roof and a garden that surrounds and protects it from the street,”
The architecture studio was keen to keep elements from the original property while adapting them to a functional restaurant space. This included taking away walls and remove false ceilings to open up the interior space.
Furniture designed by Micaela de Bernardi makes use of terrazzo and wood, and tableware was created by Moisés Hernández to be “clean, comfortable and useful”.
Gardens, courtyards and wooden decking are peppered throughout the interior, with the flow of the space designed to guide the customer on a journey though both indoor and outdoor areas.