Michan Architecture creates "cave-like? ceiling above Mexico City?s Oku Restaurant - architecture and design

Michan Architecture creates "cave-like? ceiling above Mexico City?s Oku Restaurant



A pair of huge concrete lights drop down over the bar of this restaurant in Mexico City, which was designed by local firm Michan Architecture.

Michan Architecture created the two concrete spotlights to illuminate the sushi bar at Oku ? a new Japanese eatery located in the city's affluent neighbourhood of Lomas de Chapultepec.
Described by the firm as like legs that are cut off at the bottom, the two structures form part of a trio that are used to punctuate different areas of the eatery.

"The formal structure of the space appears as a faceted cave-like atmosphere which is cut and deformed to adapt to the various necessities of the restaurant," said Michan Architecture in a project description.
"Although the ceiling element is constantly changing it generates a unifying space with a range of unique diverse areas such as an outdoor terrace, sushi bar, and several layouts for seating areas," it added.
The third concrete element stems all the way from the ceiling to the floor to conceal two restrooms.

The concrete wall encloses the main sushi bar, hiding the kitchen behind. The eight-seat bar is made from wood and exposed aggregate concrete, and features a horizontal lighting element grooved into its sides.

Oku's other two exterior walls comprise floor to ceiling glass panes. One features multiple vertical oak wood slats that provide shade from the sun.

Another glass wall cuts through the main dining area that seats 34 to separate it from an enclosed s...
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