Tori Tori Restaurant / Rojkind Arquitectos + ESRAWE Studio

© Paúl Rivera

Architectural Project: Rojkind Arquitectos + Esrawe Studio
Location: Polanco, City
Project Team (Rojkind Arquitectos): Tere Levy, Agustín Pereyra, Raúl Araiza, Carlos Alberto Ríos, Isaac Smeke J., Enrique F. de la Barrera, Daniela Bustamante, Daniel Hernández
Project Team (ESRAWE Studio): Ricardo Casas, Basia Pineda, Ian Castillo, Karianne Rygh, Alejandra Castelao, Jorge Bracho, Alejandro Zárate, Marcela Muñoz, Edgar Sánchez, Rodrigo L. Franco
Construction Area: 629 sqm
Status: Completed
Design Date: 2009
Completion Date: 2011
Photographer: Paúl Rivera


© Paúl Rivera

Considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in and due to its remarkable success, Tori-Tori has now moved to a bigger location in the same area of Polanco, , where Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studio teamed up to make it happen.

© Paúl Rivera

At the residential area in Polanco that has seen changes in its zoning, houses have been transformed to office spaces or restaurants. Sometimes things happen so unnoticeably, that just a small sign appears where a new space has been developed with a completely different program inside, while preserving its exterior. Aware of this, Rojkind and Esrawe wanted to give enough strength to the new program that they proposed to transform the space inside out.

© Paúl Rivera

Taking advantage of the plot’s conditions, the main focus was placed on renovating the house, stripping the residential interior and removing all familiar features to produce an entirely different environment.

© Paúl Rivera

Although the client’s requirements were oriented towards a Japanese interpretation, it was not literal, he wanted the place to have its own personal expression, contemporary and cosmopolitan, by enhancing its existing spatial conditions through different experiences, the new range of open spaces, its terraces, its sake bar and its own exclusive temple oriented at highly demanding sushi lovers.

© Paúl Rivera

Maintaining a very intimate and subtle feel towards the first encounter with the exterior, once you enter you’ll find yourself in a terrace, where eating and drinking are embraced by natural vegetation. The building’s organic façade and landscape were carefully designed to become an extension of the restaurant creating a strong relationship between the inside and the outside.

Exploded Axonometry

The interior receives and follows the exterior with subtle contrasts. Each room has its own nature and shows a clear relationship with its function. The furniture was inspired and made for Tori Tori and developed with a direct orientation through each space. During more than eight months a complete collection of chairs and tables where created, for both exterior and interior use.

Exterior Façade

‘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.’ I.D. Héctor Esrawe, ESRAWE Studio

First Floor Plan

The façade, which seems to emerge from the ground climbing up through the building, as if mimicking the natural ivy surrounding the retaining walls, is made up of two self-supporting layers of steel plates cut with a CNC machine and handcrafted to exact specifications.

Second Floor Plan

‘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.’Michel Rojkind, rojkind arquitectos

Third Floor Plan

The façade’s pattern responds to the inside openings, filtering light, shadows, and views that will constantly invade the interior spaces. An atmosphere enriched by the spectrum of subtle changes.

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Cite: "Tori Tori Restaurant / Rojkind Arquitectos + ESRAWE Studio" 29 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • majchers

    Great work. Calm, elegant if not distinguished. Wonderful use of colours (love that cobalt!)

  • Archreviewer

    Great renders! Project looks very manageable and will look great…

    The section could do with filling in the floor plates though – looks a bit strange when empty!

    • Sam

      These are not renders..

  • Lincoln Folo

    Love the creative facade. Congrats to all involved – especially the client for allowing the design team to create and deliver something so stunning.

  • Oliver BRAIDE

    Futuristic and nice. Looks like some inspiration from the Bird’s nest. Good to see some Olympic residue around the world.

  • gg

    Is the facade actually flat?

  • Archreviewer

    Am I right in thinking this project hasn’t been built yet? I can’t tell if the photos are extremely good renders or real life – usually easier to tell when a few people are put in the scene. I can see from the text either!

    • cd

      pretty sure they’re photographs of a finished project. it’s status is completed and it was photographed by paúl rivera..

  • David

    this building is finished, is now operational and all photos are real, I’m Mexican and I just visited this restaurant

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