2024 | Professional

NY Architectural Design Awards Silver Winner Winner

AZUL

Entrant Company

MAPA interiors inc.

Category

Interior Design - Restaurants & Café

Client's Name

AZUL

Country / Region

Canada

Introducing AZUL, a culinary haven nestled in Toronto's Financial District, where tradition meets innovation in a harmonious blend of architectural finesse and gastronomic delight. Inspired by the ancient Milpa agricultural practices of Mesoamerica, AZUL pays homage to the rich cultural tapestry of the region, weaving together elements of natural beauty and handcrafted authenticity.

At first glance, AZUL welcomes visitors with a symphony of textures and hues, as delicate handcrafted terracotta tiles adorn its façade, evoking a sense of organic warmth and earthy charm. These meticulously curated tiles, reminiscent of the artisanal craftsmanship of bygone eras, serve as a testament to AZUL's commitment to preserving the essence of Milpa tradition.

Delicately spread across front service line, guests are greeted by the graceful archways that pay homage to the architectural legacy of the Yucatan peninsula. These metal arches, imbued with a sense of timeless elegance, not only adds volume and interest to the long front counter but also symbolize a heartfelt tribute to the cultural heritage of Mexico.

The pièce de résistance of AZUL's design narrative lies in its striking deep blue tiles, a bold nod to the restaurant's branding identity. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant colors of traditional Mexican street-side vendors, these tiles infuse the space with a sense of vivacity and dynamism, transporting patrons to the bustling markets of Mexico City.

Against this backdrop of natural tones and soft arches, AZUL emerges as a beacon of culinary excellence, poised to redefine the landscape of Mexican cuisine in Toronto. With its seamless fusion of tradition and modernity, AZUL invites diners on a sensory journey through the heart and soul of Mesoamerica, promising an unforgettable experience at every turn.

Credits

Principal/MAPA interiors inc.
Diane Paz
Design Director/MAPA interiors inc.
Marisa Amorós
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