Boca del Lobo Restaurant / Jose Maria Saez & Daniel Moreno

Architects: Jose Maria Sáez y
Location: La Mariscal, Quito,
Collaborator: David Barragán, Arquitecto
Structural Engineer: Herberto Novillo
Interior Design: Ricardo Luque y Jorge Marcos
Contractor: Jaime Quinga
Clients: Ricardo Luque y Jorge Marcos
Project Area: 258 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: José María Sáez, Daniel Moreno, David Barragán y Gabriela Delgado

Thanks to Abitare who discovered this new project in Ecuador.

The intervention gives continuity to the restaurant and it is shown as a showcase to see and be seen. The floor works as the same time as platform, scenery and a place to sit. Outwards, a metal box frame the indoor activities that are crossed by an existing tree, a tree that becomes an object with an iconic presence. The project intensifies all the existing, as the tree, or recycles itself almost entirely.

original floor plan
actual floor plan

The existing building walls are cut with a grinding machine and moved to become the new walls. The wooden roof rises up and prolongs itself strengthened by external tensors. The structure above the roof allows a large and continuous space in the inside just with a single support.

The strong personality of La Boca del Lobo restaurant is shown in the broadening. As a collage, three strips of different materials (red recycled metal, religious iconography tile, the bar made of undressed lumber) arranges a baroque scenery composed by people and objects designed by the clients themselves.

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Cite: "Boca del Lobo Restaurant / Jose Maria Saez & Daniel Moreno" 27 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=53748>
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  • Steven

    Neat idea, but what happens when the tree gets ill or dies…?

    • Diefenbagen

      You chop it, voilá…

  • satrio

    actually, what happens if the tree grows?

  • mariel

    muchas gracias por las imágenes!!! hace días que estaba buscando fotos de este lugar tan especial y cautivante,que me fascinó,dado que lo conocí durante la última noche que estuve en quito y no llevé mi cámara fotográfica.
    Saludos desde Argentina,ojalá pueda regresar a disfrutarlo.