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Restaurant Visit: Baja Transported, in Mexico City

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Restaurant Visit: Baja Transported, in Mexico City

March 17, 2017

Yet another spot to add to our Mexico City must-visit list: Campobaja in the city’s hip Colonia Roma neighborhood. Opened in 2015, it was designed by the capital city’s Estudio Atemporal in collaboration with branding firm Despacho Durango, inspired by the seaside culture and cuisine of Ensenada in Baja California. The architects let the materials—many reclaimed from the coastal city—”speak for themselves to transport the guest to a different geographical place.”

Photography by Luis Gallardo. courtesy of Estudio Atemporal.

reclaimed wood tables benches stacked firewood
Above: The restaurant’s cavernous main dining room is on the second floor of a formerly industrial building (see the street-level entryway below).
the architects replaced an existing flat roof with a pitched one &#8\2\20;t 10
Above: The architects replaced an existing flat roof with a pitched one “that references the big warehouses found on shipyards back in Ensenada.”
wood and steel shelves hold decorative objects such as vintage fishing gear, f 11
Above: Wood and steel shelves hold decorative objects such as vintage fishing gear, firewood, and ceramic ramekins next to a marine-style ladder.
a dramatic, double height door divides the interior space from an outdoor terra 12
Above: A dramatic, double-height door divides the interior space from an outdoor terrace. The vintage dining chairs were once used in classrooms in Baja. The coordinates of Ensenada are marked in distressed white paint on the back wall.
the new roof allows natural light into the space and helps with ventilation a 13
Above: The new roof allows natural light into the space and helps with ventilation and cooling.
the dining tables, benches, and floor are made from reclaimed towboat wood; the 14
Above: The dining tables, benches, and floor are made from reclaimed towboat wood; the rest was largely found on site.
a wood clad foyer off the street level serves as the entry to the restaurant. & 15
Above: A wood-clad foyer off the street level serves as the entry to the restaurant. “Campobaja” is stenciled in white paint on the green-stained ceiling.
the diminutive entryway &#8\2\20;creates an initial sense of uncertainty,& 16
Above: The diminutive entryway “creates an initial sense of uncertainty,” say the architects, before diners ascend a flight of wood stairs to the vast dining hall.

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