ZAHA LOFT & RESTAURANT
Zaha was until recently the old factory of one of the most important and representative brands of modern Mexican furniture design Señal® by Don Shoemaker.
This fact set the pattern to make some decisions during the design process such as keeping the facade practically intact, except for a white wall and stairs that subtly suggest a change of activity. In addition, the place is located in a low-resource economic area and high crime rate, so we tried to be careful and subtle with the intervention.
The interior, unlike the exterior, was completely intervened. However, we tried to be very careful and preserve the industrial essence that gave life to the brand. In fact, some notes of the carpenters on the wall, security lines on the floor, an even a few dents from tools in the columns were left.
When crossing the threshold between the street and the restaurant, the visitor comes across five large trees of two different species: 2 Mexican ash trees and 3 red oaks. The first ones were transplanted from a cornfield in the outskirts of the city to the lobby of Zaha.
The presence of these trees has the purpose of generating a balance and at the same time a contrast between the transplanted alien nature and the industrial and decadent place.
The concrete finishes in floor and columns were preserved. Even the new work bars are made of this same material, so that it would seem that they were always there, as if they naturally emanated from the rest of the factory, like a clover among the grass.
The white walls, the concrete and five domes that point to the sky and that illuminate and ventilate the interior generate a closed atmosphere, a space that points more to introspection than to the exhibition.
A very marked compositional purpose started from the desire that Zaha was like a blank canvas that would be colored by people, trees, flowers and of course food.