This incredible urban oasis cafe is filled with living trees and vintage cars

May 12, 2017 by  
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Vintage cars may be popular collector’s items, but rarely do you see them used as restaurant decor. That, didn’t stop New York and Guatemala-based architecture firm Taller Ken from parking a couple of repurposed vehicles inside the incredible Madero Cafe. The ambitious team also filled the 4,844-square-foot space with an array of vibrant colors and soaring 15-foot-high trees to create a playful culinary greenhouse. Related: Upcycled urban cafe in India modeled after communal “chawls” Located on one of the busiest streets in Guatemala City, the Madero Cafe holds court from the exterior as an odd monolithic red block with four cars protruding out of its exterior walls. We’ll never know if the design is a sarcastic nod to the speedy drivers that whiz by or the city’s chaotic urban design , but we do know that the interior design is just as irreverent. The quirky interior is a light-filled oasis of color with a forest of soaring palm trees that create a playful greenhouse ambiance. The massive amount of greenery is irrigated thanks to an integrated rainwater collection system installed on the roof. The plants are also kept healthy thanks to the natural light that floods the interior through multiple sawtooth skylights. The rest of the interior is a hodgepodge of colors and textures, supported by a dizzying multi-colored floor. Although at first glance, the vibrant concrete mosaics on the floor may seem random, they actually follow a pattern that leads to the kitchen and bathrooms, and a few other unique areas in the restaurant. Taller KEN refers to the project’s eclectic appearance as locally-inspired: “this project mines local patterns, materials and textures and collects them to make a fresh tropical atmosphere”. + Taller Ken Photography by Leonardo Izaguirre via Taller Ken

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Breezy Vietnamese restaurant shows off the beauty and strength of bamboo

August 24, 2016 by  
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Completed in 2016, the Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant was built on the bones of a twelve-sided concrete structure that was abandoned and left unfinished for many years due to the economic crisis. The architects worked with the existing concrete columns and beams to build a bamboo bearing structure and connected it to the foundation and existing beams with metal pipes and iron pins. The architects selected a type of solid bamboo, known as t?m vông (iron bamboo), to build the frame and covered the roof with lightweight leaves. The finished 15-meter-tall roof takes the form of a conical hat traditionally worn by Vietnamese women and is punctuated by a skylight in the center that brings in natural light. The restaurant is kept open on all sides to bring in cooling winds and allow for landscape views. Related: Beautiful bamboo playhouse in Kuala Lumpur raises the material’s sustainable profile “The project is the highlight in the ecotourism resort offering charming natural landscape in northern Vietnam,” write the architects. “The investor attaches special importance to preservation of environmental landscape, natural ecology of the region and wishes to build a resort which is typical of Vietnamese villages.” + Tran Ba Tiep Via ArchDaily Images by Hoang Le Photography

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mode:lina architekci design a playful new restaurant for LIDL Poland

December 11, 2015 by  
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Lundberg Design’s Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences

March 21, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Lundberg Design’s Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , ferns , Lundberg Architects , lundberg design , lundberg design moss room , moss room , Olle Lundberg , planted wall , renzo piano , restaurant design , south asia river fish , succulents , sustainable restaurant

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SOMA Architects’ luxury Shaza Hotel breaks ground in Doha

February 5, 2015 by  
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SOMA Architects’ recently broke ground on their new Shaza Hotel project in Doha, Qatar, with the goal of opening its doors in early 2016. In their plans for this iconic hotel , the architects came up with a design that offers luxury accommodation and entertainment—all located within walking distance of major tourist attractions, such as the famed Museum of Islamic Art, the Qatar National Museum and Souq Waqif. Read the rest of SOMA Architects’ luxury Shaza Hotel breaks ground in Doha Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arabesque facade , desert climate , Doha , glass facade , harsh climate , luxury hotel , qatar , qatar architecture , Qatar hotel , restaurant design , Shaza Hotel , soma architects

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

August 20, 2014 by  
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Lundberg Design’s Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences

July 17, 2014 by  
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Three Buns Restaurant in Jakarta Offers Lung-Pleasing Greenhouse-Style Dining

May 26, 2014 by  
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