Cacto Restaurant

Cacto restaurant by Grizzo Studio in Buenos Aires features a design focused on the use of rustic materials, such as clay tiles and bricks, to create textures and inserts that capture attention.

  • area / size 323 sqft
  • Year 2023
  • Location Buenos Aires, Argentina,
  • Type Restaurant,
  • 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.

    Design: Grizzo Studio
    Photography: Federico Kulekdjian