CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Overlooking the beautiful surroundings of Punta Ballena and the Pacific Ocean, architects at Studio Arthur Casas draw in elements of the local atmosphere to the swanky Toro Latin Kitchen and Bar. The project was part of a renovation project at a luxurious Los Cabos resort, and features an interesting design element in the central courtyard, now housing the bar: floor to ceiling shelving full of ceramic pots. Plants inhabit some of the pots rendering a reimagined, minimalist garden, ArchDaily writes.
Large shelves float suspended by steel cables, highlighting the horizontal lines of the courtyard. They support locally crafted ceramic vases filled with plants, a reference to the Mexican gardens that inspired Luís Barragan.
According to the architects the building was transformed in order to create a transition between a traditional Mexican courtyard and the landscape. Combining contemporary elements like Mexican architect Barragan‘s modernist furniture with sleek re-imaginings of traditional elements like a tiled terrace, rustic wood ceilings and benches and adobe nichos, the architects were able to stylishly reinterpret the Mexican courtyard.
This restaurant in Punta Ballena is an exercise of balance between reinterpreting the Mexican references of the context and integrating an existing project with the landscape. It follows Studio Arthur Casas’ quest for blending inside and outside spaces; local and cosmopolitan influences.
The restaurant’s courtyard features a wooden deck that blends with the garden, hosting couches, tables and a ground hearth.
Most of the materials used in the renovation came from local suppliers.
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