La Capital by Dellekamp



La Capital, a restaurant designed by architects Dellekamp, opened in Mexico City this week.


The tall, narrow building has a glass facade at street level, below a patterned screen and opaque concrete facade concealing the entertainment venue above.


Photographs by Iwan Baan.


Here's some text from Dellekamp:


La Capital

La Capital has infused a modern twist on the cantina while evoking its spirit through the volumetric qualities of the tall, narrow space inside.


The elements within it are organized functionally, with all the utilities and service spaces pushed to one edge to allow the rest of the space to be free.


The entire building is compressed into a single volume, allowing the kitchen to spill out onto a back terrace. The slope created by the parking ramp is reflected in the restaurant above, where it becomes a series of seats that break up the single space, making these a place of observation and exhibition.


The openness of the space makes it a place to see and be seen, and it allows for connectivity. 
This idea is also reflected on this screen that makes up the middle portion of the facade, which follows a recognizable pattern that has been transformed through the augmentation of its scale and proportion. Above, it seems to support a heavy, solid mass. Below this is a window where the occupants become part of the facade as a moving, ever-changing window display.


Program: Bar/Entertainment venue
Location:Col. Condesa, Mexico D.F., Mexico
Status: Built
Project: Dellekamp Arquitectos - Derek Dellekamp, Hector Zeivy
Project Leader: Aisha Ballesteros
Team: Tania Guerrero, Ignacio Mendez, Jachen Schleich
Photography: Iwan Baan

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Posted on Sunday March 22nd 2009 at 9:05 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • SB

    Very 70’s!

  • very nice proyect
    the screen is amazing

  • er

    Hey SB :) , before i took a look at any comments , i thought the exact same thing – ” very 70’s “

  • jed_

    i think this restaurant is missing something….

  • Damfak

    It´s not finished!… There should be tables and chairs…..

  • jlbr

    Maybe they could show the place after its furnished???? right now it just looks so empty and void of personality. If they had waited to be furnished, being used by people, and take some pictures at night, the place could be shown completely different.

  • debbie

    They are architects – people are irrelevant !

  • Idont understand the Plan

  • Silvia

    The architects didn´t take into consideration how the building interacts with the enviroment and the community. It is terrible to live next to it (I do). The noise, music and voices coming out of the tarrace makes life miserable to more than 40 families that leave arround it.