Buena Vida

Positioning the brand to expand to new locations, the renovated interiors of Buena Vida re-establish the prototype concept as an authentic Mexican experience tied to natural ingredients. The design plays on a warm and neutral color palette with deep rich accents and lush botanicals to evoke the experience of dining at the edge of the jungle. Mirroring nature, the interior lighting pierces organically through surfaces to create natural patterns. Nooks and private areas feature deeper, lush colors, creating small oases and refuges for semi-private group dining. Delivering a sense of curiosity, the design reinforces the client’s vision for the unlimited tasting menu, which encourages the exploration of new dishes through a shared experience.

Design: CORE architecture + design

Design Team: Allison Cooke (Principal), Daniel Kallnowski (Designer), Sidnia Garcia (Junior Designer)

General Contractor: Abramson Construction Corporation

Planting Consultant: Tropical Expressions

Furniture Manufacturer: Leta Furniture

Photography: Ron Ngiam

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