Studio: Vgz Arquitectura
Project: Piedra Sal
Location: Emilio Castelar 111-2, Polanco Chapultepec, 1156, Cdmx / Mexico
Category: Bars & Restaurants
Credit: Rafael Gamo, Jaime Navarro
Located at a busy intersection of Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City, Piedra Sal restaurant presented challenges with a second floor location in an irregular-shaped space. Design, therefore, focused on the main access, connection with an adjacent park and integration of interior and exterior spaces.
The original corner of the building was demolished creating a plaza. Two concrete walls were built as support for the entrance and staircase incorporating a wood, steel and glass lattice in the façade, combining structural and aesthetic needs and inviting visitors to discover a large terrace above. Covered by a wooden pergola paralleling the geometry of adjacent streets, the space opens out onto the trees from the street and park and up to the sky. The main bar was designed as a focal element with brass fractal modules, mimicking the pergola´s geometry. Mirrors were used to reinforce the feeling of exterior space within, reflecting the park´s trees. Windows replicate the design of the façade´s lattice allowing the park to come inside. A simple color-palette was selected with materials in shades of gray and wood. Leveraging Mexican craftsmanship and highly skilled artisans, fittings and accessories were custom designed and manufactured for Piedra Sal, from the concrete floor, wood and bejuco pergola, and bespoke furniture, to black artisanal clay lamps and flatware form Oaxaca.