Responses by Pablo Limon, partner/architecture director
Background: Hüngry Beast is a café in the roma neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico, where people can come together for deliciously healthy food in a straightforward way. Collaborating with Savvy studio, the restaurant was made with a focus on health-conscientiousness in an intricately designed space with quality food as the highlight. With these natural materials, the authenticity and honesty of the space make Hüngry Beast one of the best places to get healthy cuisine in a comfortable environment.
Reasoning: Hüngry Beast is unique because dining here is a culinary experience. It isn’t just the food; it’s also the personality of the space, and the sense of cohesion it brings alongside the meal. Hüngry Beast is the kind of place that exudes that effortless “cool” without trying too hard.
Challenges: The small space. Despite this, the palette of materials is very rich and balanced. The ground in the volcanic enclosure, the flat concrete, the wood tone and the color of the branding makes the space what it is.
Favorite details: The translation and balance that was achieved from the visual identity to the concept of the space design. The balance of the bold colors used in the branding to the hard and clean materials used throughout the space.
Visual influences: Artist John Baldessari with his bright colors and abstraction. Architecturally, it was the materials and the function of each one working together to balance out the space. The materials—stucco, the volcanic stone floor and solid wood with a natural finish and warm tone—were chosen in order to contrast with metallic materials and dark colors.
Anything new: We learned about the layout of the space and the needs of number of guests. We needed a functional bar, an area for worktables and another area of two- person tables in order to operate. That problem was solved by creating a work bar that divides the interior from the outside, leaving the inside part for more tables and the bar and the outside for tables that are put in and taken out every day.