rojkind arquitectos + esrawe studio: tori tori restaurant now complete
rojkind arquitectos + esrawe studio: tori tori restaurant now complete rojkind arquitectos + esrawe studio: tori tori restaurant now complete
nov 23, 2011

rojkind arquitectos + esrawe studio: tori tori restaurant now complete

a collaboration between mexico-based firm rojkind arquitectos and design workshop esrawe studio, construction for the ‘tori-tori restaurant’ in polanco near mexico city is now complete. emerging from the ground like climbing ivy, the CNC routed facade appears to waver and curve. subtly different, the two layers of self-supporting steel were precisely handcrafted and finished to generate the dynamic effect. the outdoor terrace allows guests to eat or drink amongst natural vegetation while the furniture has been specifically developed for a comfortable dining experience. a complete collection of tables and chairs were created to enhance each interior area connecting the atmosphere and function.


see designboom’s previous coverage of this project during initial design phases and construction.

exterior view and outdoor seating
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos (also main image)



in reference to the digital design and fabrication methods, michel rojkind, founding partner of rojkind arquitectos, has stated: ‘at rojkind arquitectos we are very rigorous about experimenting with digital design as well as getting things built. that’s why we have specially focused on how to translate complex geometries into very simple and understandable drawings that benefit from local manufacturing, as is the case of working in mexico city.’

facade detail
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos



‘we seek in the project a chance for the users to link with the different ambiances and choose their favorites. each space’s materials, setup and characteristics towards the furniture generate a wide spectrum of options and sensations for its assiduous clients.’ – héctor esrawe, principal of esrawe studio

corner detail
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

dining area
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

dining area
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

sake bar
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

dining area
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

dining area
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos

dining area
image by paúl rivera, © rojkind arquitectos



project info:


program: restaurant
construction area: 629 m2
status: completed
design date: 2009
completion date: 2011
location: polanco, mexico city
architectural project: rojkind arquitectos + esrawe studio
rojkind arquitectos: michel rojkind [founding partner], gerardo salinas [partner]
project team: tere levy, agustín pereyra, raúl araiza, carlos alberto ríos, isaac smeke j., enrique f. de la barrera,
daniela bustamante, daniel hernández
esrawe studio: héctor esrawe [principal in charge]
project team: ricardo casas, basia pineda, ian castillo, karianne rygh, alejandra castelao, jorge bracho, alejandro zárate,
marcela muñoz, edgar sánchez, rodrigo l. franco
design computational consultants: kokkugia [roland snooks, robert stuart-smith]
construction: zda desarrollo + arquitectura [yuri zagorin]
structural engineering: ing. juan felipe heredia
facade engineering: grupo mas [ing. eduardo flores]
m.e.p.: quantum diseño
lighting design: luz en arquitectura [arq. kai diederichsen]
audio & video design: ntx new technology experience
landscape design: entorno taller de paisaje
furniture: esrawe studio
kitchen: san-son
visualization: glessner group
interior visualization: esrawe studio
photographer: paúl rivera

  • amazing, stunning, brilliant!

    wow! says:
  • Do these architects know about the implications and danger of blue light for the human health?

    Andrés Sánchez/Berlin says:
  • which is that danger?

    vladimix says:
  • Really nice. Congratulations.

    Andres says:
  • Blue light is outside – so even is there is some miniscule danger – i can’t see it being a problem. Many nightclubs and bars use such lighting.

    Bluemangroup says:
  • What is the outer lattice made from?

    michaelangelodesign says:
  • @michaelangelodesign
    first paragraph

    “the CNC routed facade appears to waver and curve. subtly different, the two layers of self-supporting steel were precisely handcrafted and finished to generate the dynamic effect.”

    I think it might be steel and you may need to read as well as look at the pretty pictures

    Brilliant project with remarkably simple execution of a wonderfully dynamic space.

    @Andrés Sánchez/Berlin
    Blue light effects on the cornea and eyestrain are generally from long periods staring at a computer screen, in this case they will mainly be looking at the food or into each others eyes (I hope), also there is a balance of other colours there to reduce eyestrain – unless people visit and stare at the inside of the facade constantly for hours on end there is no risk – is that seriously what you were suggesting

    really? - did you want to say that says:
  • Stunning and elegant!
    Blue light is relaxing and calming, peaceful, astringent. So this space should be very nice to be in!

    andrea says:
  • Right on Andrea. Love the step-down seating arrangement d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • suuuuuuuuuuuuuper amazing

    leela says:
  • To all: I recommend to search for literature on the blue light hazard topic. This space is very small to explain it all. In Germany/Austria there is a wide discussion on “Licht-Farbe-Gesundheit” Symposiums (Light-Color-Health). The fact that blue light is used worldwide in the lighting industry without any caution or real knowledge by designers, DOES NOT MEAN that it is safe! The different lightwaves trigger various photo-chemical reactions, that in the short of long term affect the human health. There is evidence that the blue component is associated to breast cancer, retina damage and the list goes really big… AND this is not related only to computer screens! For sure this project has a great and very important aesthetical value in terms of Architecture and Interior Design and Lighting Design, I only point out that in the world of design, concepts such as “amazing”, “stunning”, “elegant” are very good for sales and a nice magazine cover; however the responsibility of architects, lighting designers and the lighting industry goes further.

    Andrés Sánchez/Berlin says:
  • rojkind should stop looking at architecture blogs or magazines, no critical thinking what´s so ever, every project of his is a trend, desperate to shout the next new outdated craze, so lame.

    yourmom says:
  • Sometimes I think people writing comments on this blog are so busy taking a piss at someone else’s achievements that they tend to forget why they were even browsing this blog in the first place. Yourmom could learn from Andres Sanchez. Thats the way design should be discussed.

    Mario says:
  • Agree with Mario, critics and discussion are always good ways to achieve design evolution and improvement. Andreas, that is a good hint for me to self research on medical and scientific literature

    Sylvana says:
  • I think it looks like a render, surreal. Not my style, it would look better with the lights off.

    Jono says:

    You guys might find this interesting.

    Keep up the good comments!!

    InteriorDesigner says:
  • The facade is great, the blue lights issue could be as easy to deal with as color changing, why these days would it need to stay blue all the time, assuming LED was used to light it, easy as a bulb change. I gotta say tho the dining room with living wall at one end is getting completely upstaged by the facade. Gotta check this place out sans all the stage lighting, at night over dinner I bet this place is magic.

    Bedlamite23 says:

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