Hueso

Architect Ignacio Cadena covered the walls of a restaurant in Mexico with animal bones.
22 / 01 / 2015
Photography: Jaime Navarro
In Gualajara, Mexico, the restaurant Hueso of Alfonso Cadena lives up to its name («Bone» in English) by covering its interior walls with more than 10 000 animal bones. It might sound a bit sinister but the wall covering is justified by a Darwinian inspiration, and we find, besides the bones, also kitchen objects and utensils interrupted with pieces from urban artists depicting the same theme. These elements were after covered with a light shade, a way to achieve a uniform appearance that lowers the symbolic weight of having so many bones on display.

All the chosen furniture seems untouched, with a natural finish, giving continuity to the whole idea for Hueso. The project was developed by architect Ignacio Cadena, that decided to cover the exterior of the 1940's building with a «second skin», using a layer of tiles. These handcrafted tiles form a subtle geometrical pattern that goes through the whole structure. On the entrance, the name of the restaurant is written in the same graphic style, providing a glimpse of the restaurant’s interiors.