Over the years, the kitchen has evolved into a social and dynamic space, an environment where everyone feels comfortable, both those who cook and those who enjoy the food. We have long valued its functionality, but now we also appreciate its design, as we aim to make the most of this central hub where we gather to nourish ourselves, share, and accompany those who are cooking.
Casa Paladar is a culinary space where prominent figures from the global gastronomic scene, such as Daniela Soto-Innes, Elena Reygadas, Virgilio Martínez, and Julien Royer, among others, share their talent and creativity. It is located in the heart of Mexico City, on the ground floor of a building constructed in the 1960s in the Condesa neighborhood.
The project is rooted in the rehabilitation of a space that, after multiple interventions, had lost its character and functionality. Returning it to its original state was practically impossible and would have required more effort than necessary.
We envisioned a light and flexible space that could easily change its scale and completely detach the user from the surrounding structure and the external context to connect with the project's main objective - socializing and the culinary experience.
Regarding the facade, we reconfigured the entrance and replaced the door with a stainless steel gate, a gesture that encapsulated the concept from start to finish - you enter and exit into a kitchen.
The focus of the remodeling was to carry out an intervention with a unique gesture that fully embraced the space. The result is so flexible that it accommodates events of various scales and themes, whether it's an intimate dinner for a party of 15, an event for 45 people, a cocktail party, a celebration, or a press conference. Regardless of the event format, the space adapts to create an open or closed environment, depending on the weather conditions and the client's needs.
To achieve this essential versatility and lightness, curtains were employed as the central and enveloping element of the project. Thanks to this component, the possibilities for transforming different spaces within the place multiply.
Concerning , we opted for a simple and elegant approach. We selected a lightweight and subtly transparent fabric as the primary material, as it is complemented by the abundant greenery of the interior courtyard and the green Tikal marble floors and benches. A clean and cool contrast was introduced in the kitchen, where the kitchen furniture, including tables and chairs, as well as the walls, are clad in stainless steel.
The furniture was designed and custom-made in natural oak, specifically for this project. The use of natural oak not only imparts timeless beauty to the space but also conveys a sense of warmth and durability that harmoniously integrates with the project.
In conclusion, Casa Paladar embodies the architectural and interior design vision that transforms the kitchen into a versatile, welcoming, and elegant space, where functionality and aesthetics converge to offer a unique gastronomic experience.