Thursday, 4 October 2012

Organics make List of Best New Restaurant Designs

Best New Restaurant Design: Tori Tori restaurant, Photo by Paúl Rivera, credit: Architectural Digest
Image: Mexico City’s Tori Tori restaurant by Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studios. 
Photo by Paúl Rivera

Architectural Digest has put a spotlight on a dozen restaurants whose designs, it says, are “as exciting as the cuisine.”

One eatery in particular caught our eye: Mexico’s Tori Tori restaurant by Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studios. Located in the Mexican capital’s residential Polanco district, where a three-story house once stood, a “glowing, futuristic cube of contemporary design” now takes centre stage in a lush garden-like setting. 

The restaurant’s glass walls are encased by a pleasantly organic mesh of precision-cut steel, while the striking geometric interior features a wooden-clad tea lounge with a lush living wall at one end. “This new branch of Katsumi Kumoto Kawasaki’s beloved Japanese restaurant focuses on traditional sushi and sashimi cut from the freshest seafood and features an extensive sake menu.”

We like it.  As far as Wo-Built is concerned, this building points toward a trend of contemporary organic design—combinations of natural materials and organic shapes with crisp lines and striking geometry.  In one way, it captures the essence of Peapod Life: the harmony of contemporary design and technology with natural elements.

Below is an indoor ecosystem installed at Tel-e-Connect Ontario by Peapod Life’s indoor Ecosystem Designer, Wolfgang Amelung.  Like all Peapod Life installations, the design, below, features a fully functioning aquaponic ecosystem.  The Tel-e-Connect installation also featured a multi-tiered waterfall.

Aquaponic Indoor Ecosystem, designer: Wolfgang Amelung
Image: Fully functioning aquaponic ecosystem by Peapod Life’s indoor Ecosystem
Designer, Wolfgang Amelung, designed for at Tel-e-Connect Ontario.

The original artists rendering (below) show how deliberate design choices were made for every item of rock, flora and fauna; and still, the finished product looks suitably “wild” (natural and organic).  Compare that with the typical vertical grid-layout of plants common in most living walls. 

Tel-e-Connect indoor ecosystem, designer, Wolfgang Amelung
Image: Original illustrations of Tel-e-Connect indoor ecosystem (above left) featured all plants
& other design details correctly drawn to scale (above right).

It is this special attention to detail that sets Peapod Life’s indoor ecosystems apart from other vertical gardens, on simply a level of design. Beyond design, living systems that flourish enjoy longevity and this makes ours cheaper in the long run (with much lower plant mortality and replacement costs.)

Our systems are also aquapoic; a step above hydroponic. Peapod Life features true ecosystems where flora and fauna live in balanced harmony within a contemporary living space, requiring very little maintenance and no chemical fertilizers, pesticides or supplements.

This all-natural quality of Peapod Life offers a huge potential for chefs and restauranteurs. Whereas Tori Tori in Mexico uses organics as a design element, Peapod Life believes the real opportunity for restaurants is to take indoor ecosystems to the next level—organic food production.

With Peapod Life, the architecture, design, and bio-design of the space can contribute directly to the value proposition of the cuisine being served. Far from a disassociated design language, Peapod Life is a value-added hospitality services enabler: local, organic, vine-ripened and fresh-picked, from garden to table, 365-days a year, right before your very eyes.

It’s another reason why we call it Peapod Life: form and function working together in perfect harmony; contemporary design, natural beauty and living ecosystems, all working together in a balanced way to enhance people’s experience.

For more information, contact us at

Attila Lendvai
VP of Strategic Development
Wo-Built Inc. - Innovative Design and Build
link: Architectural Digest: Best New Restaurant Design
AD spans the globe to spotlight a dozen eye-catching eateries where the architecture and interiors are as exciting as the cuisine
Text by Andrew Sessa

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