Fonico, located in the vibrant neighborhood of Colonia Roma in Mexico City, transforms a 19th Century mansion into a restaurant with a series of distinct spaces: the intimate entry salon with its characteristic barrel-vaulted ceiling and vintage bar; the main dining room with its contrasting elements and spectacular views to the atrium and the kitchen; the arctic room – an unexpected sculptural space; the Petite Salón - reminiscent of the 19th Century in its character and the atrium - a semi-exterior space with extraordinary proportions that exhibits the original architectural elements of the house. The 19th Century mansion was defined by spatial diversity, contrast of proportions, powerful scale, historical patina, and strong materiality. We drew an almost archaeological line between what
existed and brought a design in contrast with the character of the house but with the goal of creating the level of intimacy of an avant-garde restaurant with exceptional cuisine that is in line with the aesthetic language of our Atelier. In Fónico, architecture is suspended in space and serves as a neutral stage for the color and life brought on by the guests and the cuisine. The assembly between space, furniture, and light are in high contrast with its surroundings. This is analogous to the culinary beauty that emanates from the silence of the dishes served. The guest is seated away from the busy metropolis beyond the historic façade of the mansion ready to begin its culinary journey suspended in space and time.
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