méctamo architects create isolina, a local peruvian eatery méctamo architects create isolina, a local peruvian eatery
mar 22, 2015

méctamo architects create isolina, a local peruvian eatery

méctamo architects create isolina, a local peruvian eatery
all images courtesy of méctamo




the barranco neighborhood of lima, peru is a thriving area of tradition and culture. lima- based méctamo, was commissioned to transform a space within the area into ‘isolina’, a local restaurant ran by chef jose del castillo. the studio wanted to modernize the former home, optimizing it to function as a food establishment as well as preserving the nature and spirit of the location. 

first floor 




the two story building was split organizationally by floor. on the first, small tables and a bar create a space for meeting and conversation between the street and interior. the upper floor separates itself from the commotion below, giving diners a quiet space with a classic peruvian feel. 

staircase, view from first floor




méctamo’s design embraced the site-specific details of the original structure. they made use of the 1900s columns, walls, and beams, using them as a back drop from which they built. a traditional counter bar was set into the main floor. its proximity to the street achieves a transitory space reminiscent of antique puperías. a large, visually-heavy staircase serves as the link between first and second floor, changing the dynamic as visitors move up or down. the wider upstairs is accompanied by sets of tables and chairs separated by native wood columns. furnishings feature a rustic aesthetic: natural wood finish tables and chairs, floor-to-ceiling shelving, granite countertops, and hanging metallic lamps. the resulting space is a modern restaurant that fulfills its duties and conserves the cultural heritage of peru

second floor 

view from private room 

second floor dining


preliminary sketches of space 

Concept render of the first floor. 

first floor section

second floor section

floor plans



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