The project for Cantina La No. 20 was developed in a space divided in two levels, formed mainly by four areas, with a total of 323 sq. m. In the ground level the interior was defined for the diners —separating non smokers from those who do have the habit— considering a direct communication with the terrace, kitchen and services.
To achieve the same level both for the diner’s area as well as the kitchen, because in this last one the elevation is necessary for the sanitary and hydraulic fixtures, all the ground level was raised 18 cm above the finished floor of the mall thus reaching functionality in all the areas.
The access of the restaurant is located in main façade where is the terrace, adjacent to the shopping center corridor. As it is situated outdoors a metallic structure with glass top pergola was designed to protect from the rain and make the most of the wonderful weather throughout the year.
It also has a ramp to fulfill the accessible for all standard that leads to a small hall connecting the two diners’ areas, bathrooms and kitchen. On this level the beverage bar is located next to the smoker’s area —placed on the left edge of the floor plan— and the terrace generating a connection between the zones to give service to the whole restaurant.
The kitchen is located in the back using a 188 sq. m area that has direct connection and independent access to the service corridor of the shopping center for the comfort and efficiency of the providers and employees of the restaurant. The preparation and cooking area are next to the diner´s one so they can enjoy the creation of the dishes.
These two areas, kitchen and diners are divided by a .95 m tall bar that allows direct visual contact between the spaces. Above this bar there is a display of art, artisan products, sculptures and different elements that decorate the wood shelves. This display is also used to install the big screens when necessary.
On the second level, or tapanco, the main administration office is located followed by a lockers area that ends with the server that keeps the audio, video and multimedia equipment. The restrooms are also here and in the other end the non-refrigeration products storage. This space finishes with the refrigeration chamber, as wells as the orders reception and internal management areas.
Cantina La No. 20 has natural light and ventilation in the smoker’s area and terrace, a completely open space towards the main façade. In the interior area “solartubes” equipment were installed to bring sun light in. The non-smokers area and kitchen have air conditioning systems for some times during the day, that added to the ventilation and extraction systems reach a correct balance in energy consumption.
- Architect: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos