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Crypt as Canteen: Huseo Restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico

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by Margot Guralnick last modified Oct 08, 2015

The Day of the Dead is every day at Hueso. Part crypt, part Joseph Cornell–style assemblage, the concept restaurant (whose name means "bone") is an artfully spooky collaboration between chef-provocateur Alfonso Cadena and his architect brother Ignacio of Cadena & Asiocados . Ignacio stripped the interior and, with the help of local artists, covered it with a collage of skeletal fragments. Located in the Lafayette Design District of Guadalajara, Mexico, the canteen occupies a resurrected 1940s structure, formerly the home studio of architect Diaz Morales and now part of the Luis Barragán Foundation—and itself equally eye opening.  Photography by Jaime Navarro via Architizer , unless otherwise noted. Above: Eucalyptus provides a sign of life in the chalky white dining room where everything from human and animal bones to molcajetes (mortar and pestles) are part of the fossilized display. Above: A stepped communal table extends the length of the 240-square-foot space, surrounded by classic Thonet hairpin chairs. The white tiles on the floor are a continuation of the exterior of the building (see below). Above: The whitewashed walls are an ode to the elemental, and include, according to Ignacio, 10,000 bones organized in a grid of wooden frames and shadowboxes. Above L: Chef Alfonso Cadena, 29, grew up in Mexico City and got his training at the Culinary Institute of America. Above R: An aluminum backbone holds the orders of the day. Photographs via Yatzer . Above: The long, narrow room has a bleached bar table (right) and the kitchen opens behind it. Photograph via Designboom Above: In the chapel-like back of the room, a dead tree rises and casts interesting shadows. Photograph via Designboom Above: Cooking implements and a bucket of bones adorn the area around stairs. Above: In the entry, a display case is filled with aluminum castings of ribs, vertebrae, and other fragments. Above: The 1940s building is covered in "a skin" of ceramic tiles decorated with stitching patterns. That's a bone hanging over the door. Above: Hueso is in Guadalaja's Lafayette District, at 2061 Efraín González Luna. Kindred spirit? Take a look at Bones , a gastropub in Paris. More Stories from Remodelista Windy City Gothic: The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel by Roman and Williams Patch Cafe: A Playful Custom-Built Restaurant in Melbourne Laden Cafe: Food, Wine, and Design in Berlin






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