“Azul y Rojo” (Blue and Red) cafeteria is an ecological proposal for a neglected rooftop. The building’s volumetric shape refers to the movement of the wind. The bodies cross each other, binding the two basic functions of a cafe or restaurant: kitchen and dining area.
This project is located on a third floor, therefore the curvature of the geometry was molded to work correctly with the wind, allowing it to move smoothly over the surface. Its organic design adapts itself in form and function to the natural surroundings, standing out as an example of sustainable and ecological architecture within its context.
“Boutique de Arquitectura”, directs its projects towards protecting the environment by using recyclable materials, technological systems with low environmental impact and construction methods that diminish the detriment of the environment. As a young and innovative architecture firm, “Boutique de Arquitectura” offers a line of world class design based on exhaustive research and experimentation.
The core concept was to create a membrane throughout the roof that works as a standing surface and a cover. The membrane starts as a flat wooden deck, enabling a terrace for tables. Then it uplifts itself, creating an indoor space for the restaurant services. Both the organic form and the homogeneous wooden coating emphasize the continuity of the volume and the fluidity of circulation.
The sheath is structured by a steel structure which gives rigidity to the wooden cover. TREX wood, a compound of compressed plastic and scrap wood, was used in order to reduce the environmental impact, and to extend its life span. This material completely coats the membrane, creating a pleasant environment enhanced by the wood’s warm nuances.
The cafeteria’s services are encased in a second structure. This area is defined by a large white counter that directs circulations and food delivery.
The sides under the elevated wooden membrane are made of tempered glass, allowing full visual contact between the interior and its surroundings. A thorough landscape design was implemented to achieve engaging views, transforming the space into a new natural retreat.
Both terrace and dining areas are planned as recreational spaces; refuges from the hectic and stressful student life. For this, over 200 pieces of vegetation were arranged into layers to generate greater depth in narrowed spaces.
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