Loqui Taco Bar

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Location
Culver City, CA
Type
Restaurant
Size
1,050 SF
Completed
2016
Photographer
Benny Chan
Katie Gibbs
Project Team
Trevor Abramson, FAIA
Douglas Teiger, AIA
Bjorn Schrader, Dipl-Ing, LEED AP
Jessica Voigt
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A Car Repair Bay turned Taco Bar

Abramson Teiger Architects was working on the 220,000 square foot PLATFORM complex when they were approached to also design the interior for Loqui Taco Bar, a tenant of the shopping center.  The space was a slot in a series of preserved car bays left over from the abandoned car dealership on the project site.

The design team was inspired by the authentic atmosphere of street taco culture.  They preserved this environment with raw industrial and imperfect elements, scattered seating and an open kitchen.

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Flaws in the cinder block walls were left exposed and a tin roof ceiling adds to this “back-alley found” industrial style.  Handmade metal pendants light the space and a string of dried peppers continue the theme.

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