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Cacto, Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Grizzo Studio

Project name:
Architecture firm:
Grizzo Studio
Caballito, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Federico Kulekdjian
Principal architect:
Grizzo Studio; Rocío Martínez Serra
Design team:
Rocío Martínez Serra; Valentina Herran Lehr
Interior design:
Rocío Martínez Serra; Valentina Herran Lehr
Valentina Herran Lehr
Built area:
30 m²
Site area:
30 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Mariano Ventrice
Structural engineer:
Mariano Ventrice
Environmental & MEP:
Lucila Grizzo
Grizzo Studio
Grizzo Studio
Brick and metal
Grizzo Studio
Tools used:
AutoCAD, SketchUp
30.000 USD
Hospitality › Restaurant

Grizzo Studio: The project arises from a main piece, a large fire that organizes the space. In tune with the clay tiles and bricks that were on the original facade, it was decided to continue with the same line of rustic materials, generating textures and inserts that capture the attention of pedestrians. A special covering for the facade was designed by cutting colonial tiles that resulted in six pieces of different sections that made up the placement modules. From experimentation and the search to achieve curvatures from bricks, a large leading piece was manufactured that expands its diameter as it grows in height.

Through the gaps in the brick's texture, a lighting game simulates the fire of the oven where the pizzas are made. The original premises had a vaulted ceiling that was restored and enhanced. For the sidewalk, brick tiles were used to generate continuity between the horizontal and vertical planes of the facade. For the design of the furniture, we sought to break with rustic textures. A modern break, with shiny and polished surfaces, where the repetition of elements is maintained to form shelves and bars. Raw sheet metal polished with a polyurethane lacquer was used for waterproofing. To achieve continuity between the floor and the front of the bar, a hydrowashed cement and stone-based material manufactured on site was used, which allowed the generation of a curve between planes.

To form the storage and bathroom spaces, two modules joined by a curved ribbon were proposed. Both the modules and the rest of the walls are covered in spatter in two different colors. We are looking for a physical and visual expansion using a structure covered in brick tiles on the outside that has a large metal bench and a flower pot delimiting the space and providing protection towards the vehicular street. The branding was designed in conjunction with Turkey Studio. We are looking for a relaxed image with nods to Argentine advertising graphics from other times.

By Liliana Alvarez

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