Renovating a derelict industrial building in Los Angeles‘s up-and-coming Arts District is no small feat. For local firm Wick Architecture and Design, the “blank slate” assignment of outfitting a Mexican taqueria within a bare-boned structure represented a significant challenge but also an opportunity to make a bold statement. With the intent of creating a new outpost for an already popular Culver City haunt, it’s no wonder that the practice made such strides.
Opting to express the Loqui restaurant’s Mexican roots through a prevalent use of handcrafted and patinaed terra-cotta bricks, the firm transformed a cold, empty shell into a warm and inviting eatery. And yet, it was able to keep much of the original exposed pipes and concrete surfaces intact. The simple introduction of a single material made all the difference. By doing so, Wick Architecture and Design ensured that this rustically decorative yet geometrically restraint scheme wouldn’t be too overwrought or kitschy.