Architects: Jose Maria Sáez y Daniel Moreno
Location: La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador
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.
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.