What are we envisioning for this project? We aim to create an innovative food court, moving away from ordinary designs, and become a standout attraction for the entire market.
To achieve this objective, we delved into the context and drew inspiration from history, as well as the essence and philosophy of the concept.
The context was the Usachevsky market building of 1930, featuring recognizable Soviet architecture and aesthetics with its domed structure and practicality.
We also took inspiration from the British adventurer-photographer Christopher Herwig, who extensively explored the roads of the former Soviet Union and documented the treasures of brutalist architecture, including the fascinating bus stops, which became pearls of small architectural forms. Christopher compiled all his discoveries into an album-book, a project that took twelve years to complete.
Of course, we thoroughly studied the original concept of the restaurant, focusing on Mexican cuisine, known for its vibrant, lively, and spontaneous nature, evoking so-called 'coastal vibe'. The color and material scheme incorporates a fusion of sky blue, beach white, and deep burgundy, intertwined with concrete and wood.
By bringing together all these components, we found the answer to the question: what should a food court area represent? It should be a place of anticipation for gastronomic pleasure. This idea of anticipation and expectation became the foundation of our project.
Combining these elements - concept, context, and meanings - we have created a remarkable centerpiece that dominates the entire market. It's essential to note that apart from its architectural expressiveness, Chapulines stands out for its exceptional functionality and cutting-edge technologies.