Madero by Taller KEN


Rising to a total height of 15 meters, the ‘Madero Café’ appears as a monolithic red object next to one of the most heavily trafficked highways in Guatemala city. However, it’s inside the eatery where the project comes to life.

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Conceived by Taller KEN, the project’s vibrant interior is layered with textures and colours, forming an oasis-like escape from the outside world. ‘This project mines local patterns, materials and textures and collects them to make a fresh tropical atmosphere,’ explains the design team.

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The central space is illuminated by skylights, while rainwater from the roof is collected in blue tanks and is used to maintain the tropical planting. Meanwhile, a custom-made concrete tile has been used for the flooring with a seemingly random pattern that serves as a wayfinding guide — allowing people to circulate around the service core of kitchen and bathrooms, and explore the café’s various quirks.

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The tropical vegetation, that even drapes the lighting fixtures, highlights the pastiche of colours and the blending of a natural and constructed environment, as the latter finds its expression in the automobile.

Read the full post on Yatzer.

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