internationally renowned restaurant NOMA opened their latest destination in the form of a pop-up restaurant tulum, mexico, giving diners the opportunity to experience their fine cuisine while being fully immersed in a jungle setting. the design itself was created by mexican firm, la metropolitan, where the vibrant mexican culture played an important role in the conceptualization process.

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a combination of mexican concepts revolving around food was illustrated throughout the restaurant. traditional markets was interpreted and implemented into the site and expressed through the stalls that form the shelter over various dining areas. the thatch canopy and heights of the stalls is continued in the kitchen, which has been left open to allow diners to witness the chefs in action and appreciate the cooking process.

 

 

‘life in the great cities has made us less capable of conne cting with the  wilderness. in a world where everything seems to be so structured, we find it fundamental to recover our adaptive nature in order to feel the soil with our own feet again and in doing so we can realize that change relies on uncertainty.‘ – la metropolitana

 

 

in addition, la metropolitana complemented their interior with the bespoke furniture used within. the collection features a table and chairs fabricated using regional materials from the yucatan penisula including chukum, berjeke, tzalam wood, gravel and local textiles and crafted by mexican carpenters. blending well with the lush setting, the furniture collection can be assembled and disassembled with ease.

 

 

 

 

project info::

 

 

project: noma mexico
concept and design: la metropolitana
architecture: la metropolitana / studio arq.
project manager: annika de las heras
art direction / interior design: la metropolitana / cecilia leon de la barra
construction: studio arq
furniture: la metropolitana
accessories and table setting curator: cecilia leon de la barra
lighting project: marco villa mateos / cecilia leon de la barra / la metropolitana
landscape design: raina weberbi
location: tulum, mexico
area: 866.26 m2

 

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