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Xokol restaurant celebrates “collective ritual” of consuming

Mexican architects ODAmx and Rubén Valdez have designed a restaurant with an ash-coloured inside inside a former mechanic’s workshop in Guadalajara.

Now situated within the Mexican metropolis’s Santa Tere neighbourhood, Xokol started in 2017 inside a small area that housed simply 4 tables and room for 16 diners.

Charcoal-grey restaurant with long dining table
Xokol occupies a former mechanic’s workshop that has been transformed right into a restaurant

In 2020, the restaurant relocated to this bigger constructing, the place the goal was to protect as a lot of the intimacy and connection between the diners and cooks as attainable.

“Xokol is a restaurant wherein the act of consuming turns into a collective ritual,” mentioned ODAmx and Rubén Valdez in a joint assertion. “The structure of the area acts a catalyst for the reinterpretation of Mexican culinary traditions and a communal eating expertise wherein the boundaries between diners, workers and meals preparation are non-existent.”

Hundreds of corn cobs hanging above a dining table
The inside is lined with darkish gray stucco to create an intimate ambiance, whereas corn cobs suspended above add the one color

The restaurant’s inside has a minimalist, monastic high quality because of the darkish gray stucco protecting the partitions and ceiling, and the black clay comal ovens on full show within the open kitchen.

“These muted tones foreground the naturally wealthy color palettes of the dishes,” the architects mentioned.

Long dining table with pendant light above
The 15-metre-long eating desk creates a communal setting for visitors to share the expertise

The concrete workshop constructing’s exterior was left largely unchanged, other than the layers of tall panels of metal added throughout the garage-door entrance to information visitors inside.

A 15-metre-long oak desk runs the size of the double-height inside, enabling 48 covers to be seated without delay and share the expertise.

Traditional comal ovens made from black clay
Conventional comal ovens constituted of black clay are on full show within the open kitchen

Suspended above the desk is an industrial pendant mild that stretches its entice size, emitting a comfortable glow over the place settings.

Over the centre of the eating space, a big skylight is roofed by a metallic grill from which tons of of corn cobs dangle – offering the one trace of color within the in any other case monochrome restaurant, moreover the dishes served.

A grid of shelves holding glass jars
On the again, a grid of cabinets maintain glass jars for fermenting components

The kitchen runs alongside the desk on the opposite facet of the constructing, in direction of the again the place a grid of cabinets accommodates jars for fermenting components.

A staircase winds round a totemic stone sculpture by native artist José Dávila, as much as a mezzanine degree that overlooks the eating space.

All the supplies used for the mission had been sourced regionally, and the eating desk, pendant mild and shelving had been fabricated by Guadalajaran artisans.

“Since its beginnings, Xokol has aimed to preserve and get better the Mazahua culinary traditions and share them with a broader public in a recent method,” mentioned the architects.

Shadow cast from shelves over the table, with light from windows above
The darkish, minimalist inside has a monastic high quality

“The architectural mission acts as an enabler for such objective the place each design choice has been thought to realize it,” they added.

Xokol is shortlisted within the restaurant and bar inside class of Dezeen Awards 2023, together with a Toronto seafood restaurant by Omar Gandhi Architects, a vaulted brick brewery taproom in Poland by Projekt Praga and three extra tasks.

A staircase up to a mezzanine level winds around a totemic sculpture
A staircase as much as a mezzanine degree winds round a totemic sculpture by José Dávila

Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest metropolis, is a hotbed for architectural expertise and has a thriving meals scene.

Different eating places with spectacular interiors within the metropolis embody Veneno, designed by Monteon Arquitectos Asociados to resemble an archeological web site, and Hueso, which Cadena + Asociados lined with hundreds of animal bones.

The images is by Rafael Palacios.

Venture credit:

Structure: ODAmx and Rubén Valdez
Carpenter: Joselo Maderista
Art work: José Dávila


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