Wick Structure & Design selected supplies “that may very well be discovered on a building web site” to embellish this Mexican restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.
Positioned within the Artwork District neighbourhood, Loqui occupies a part of the bottom ground inside a four-storey concrete constructing that’s being transformed into workplace, restaurant and retail house.
Native studio Wick Structure & Design labored with LAND Design Studio to finish the 1,346 sq. foot (125 sq. metres) taqueria, which is the Loqui eatery’s second location in LA.
The undertaking supplied a possibility for the enterprise to raise its model, in keeping with the design studio.
“The primary location in Culver Metropolis has all the time been a really ‘mother and pop’ fashion house, so the homeowners approached us about designing a second location that may be extra ahead when it comes to executing an idea,” mentioned Wick Structure & Design principal David Wick.
“The unique location has earned quite a lot of avenue credit score, however the brand new location captures the essence of the enterprise and supplies Loqui with an aesthetic branding.”
Some unique options and mechanics, together with the concrete flooring and ceilings and uncovered plumbing, had been left throughout the renovation. Others equivalent to exhaust ductwork and electrical conduit had been eliminated or rerouted and hidden behind newly constructed partitions.
After the staff stripped again the house, it added in easy supplies that pay homage to Mexican design aesthetics.
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“With an outer shell fastidiously carved out, the design staff launched into a plan to duplicate a few of the supplies and visible parts of typical handcrafted Mexican constructions,” it mentioned.
“The main focus was on constructing one thing rustic that wasn’t ‘overthought or overwrought’, leading to materials alternatives that may very well be discovered on a building web site, together with terracotta brick, stained oak, olive stucco, and patinated metal.”
An out of doors seating patio positioned on the restaurant’s rear serves as its fundamental entrance. Oak panels and patinated metallic entrance the constructing’s facade and the terracotta bricks used all through the design are launched right here.
The pale crimson bricks entrance the entry gates, seating space partitions and kitchen counter. They’re organized in alternating vertically and horizontally laid sections.
Olive-green stucco covers the partitions of the restroom hallway to additional add to the country look, whereas white tiles detailed with blue trim cowl the kitchen partitions.
Furnishings embrace stools, cabinets, counter tops and sales space seating made from wooden, potted crops and semi-recessed cone formed lighting fixtures by FOLK Abigail.
Different eating places in Los Angeles embrace a restaurant influenced by Moroccan and Turkish interiors designed by Studio Unltd and a country eatery outfitted with wooden frames by native designers Jon and Maša Kleinhample.
Images is by Nicole La Motte.
Design: Wick Architect and Design, Land Design Studio Normal Contractor: Analog
Structural engineers: Plump Engineering
Mechanical and plumbing engineers: Engineered Options
Electrical engineer: A+F Engineering
Tile: Wink Design Supply
Terracotta brick: Arto