Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Restaurants / La Condesa

The design of La Condesa is the unique collaboration of local designers, artists, and artisans to create a space inspired by the contemporary architecture of Mexico with a composition of contrasting textures, colors and levels of finish and craft. A cast-in-place concrete stair rises within the center of the restaurant to Malverde, a separate bar above. A vibrant collage of colorful Mexican billboard pieces anchors the dining space and provides a backdrop for the cascading light fixture made from off-the-shelf parts. Industrial materials, such as split concrete masonry block and raw steel, contrast with the warmth of wood and fabric to create a space that is rugged but finished, comfortable and engaging. Downstairs, is the historic beer vault, a remnant of an old general store on the site from the 1870’s, restored and repurposed as unique storage for the restaurant. This project won the People’s Choice Award for best restaurant at 2009’s AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Awards.

Photography
Paul Bardagjy

Contributing Decorator
One.Eleven.Design

Landscape Design
D-Crain

Artwork
Sodalitas