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Green and yellow Eames chairs fill Tacofino Ocho restaurant in Vancouver


Ocho by September

This taco restaurant in Vancouver, designed by local studio September, is filled with fibreglass Eames chairs and stools, lush plants and curvy black tables.

Located in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the Mexican eatery occupies a former factory building that Australian architect H H Simmonds completed in 1942.

Ocho by September

September designed the restaurant called Tacofino Ocho to riff off the existing industrial space.It features concrete floors, walls rendered in cream-coloured plaster and others covered in grey square tiles.

Steel-frame factory windows bring natural light into the 2,800-square-foot (260-square metre) space, while volumes of gridded metal panels hang from the ceiling.

Ocho by September

“The industrial quality of the space is emphasized through the use of minimal and unfinished materials such as concrete, steel, plaster and wood paired with a muted colour palette of greys, greens and black,” September said.

There is roughly 100 moulded fibreglass dining chairs by mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames in a variety of green and yellow colours. Other curved details, including rounded edges on tables and pony walls, reference the shape of the chairs.

Ocho by September

September sought to strike a balance between the building’s industrial past with the eatery’s Mexican menu and opted to reference the 1960s countercultural movements with a floral motif.

“The intention of the project was to reference both the existing spatial condition, that of the heritage industrial building, and contrast it with the non-traditional ethos that characterises the client and their food,” said the studio.

Ocho by September

“These rough materials and minimal colours are contrasted throughout the space by the use of a formal flower motif,” it added.

The motif references “flower power” and is represented in the shape of a tabletop around a circular concrete planter. Smaller black tables repeat this flowery outline.

Ocho by September

Foliage plays an important role in balancing between decoration and function, and large dragon trees fill the large urn.

“While there is always a tension between experimenting with form and providing the functionality and durability that is required in a restaurant, much like in folk-art the approach here was to integrate the ornamental and utilitarian,” September added.

Ocho by September

The studio was founded by Brendan Callander and Shiloh Sukkau in 2019. Before creating September, Sukkau also designed another outpost for Tacofino in Vancouver called Tacofino Oasis.

In addition to Tacofino Ocho, Vancouver is home to a number of restaurants, including Caffè La Tana by Ste Marie, Studio Roselyn’s pita shop Superbaba and Como Taperia tapas joint also by Ste Marie.

Photography is by Vishal Marapon


Project credits:

Project architect: MGBA
Contractor: Pacific Solutions Contracting
Graphic design: Courtney Presber

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