CLIENT: Xaman Café

Xaman Cafe and Ayahuasca Cantina is a symbiosis of two carefully crafted concepts in one space.

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Brief

Location: Dallas, Texas

Year: 2020

Program: 2,437 SF

 

For this dual program space in Historic Jefferson Street in Dallas, Texas, two concepts had to work together to create two separate, but complementary spaces that tie together for a visceral Mexican experience in the heart of Oak Cliff.

Approach

Given it’s solid roots in Oaxaca, Mexico, we knew the tying concept for both spaces had to be the art and craft that epitomizes Mexico. We wanted both spaces to be a careful mix of raw and finished, combining simple manufactured materials and exposing the craftsmanship of the existing envelope, while bringing together new and raw applications.

Outcome

Xaman Cafe and Ayahuasca Cantina are two spaces that work together, while carefully transitioning between each other. While the two spaces feel different against each other, the user is left feeling like they remained in two spaces in the same Mexican city. Both the Cafe and Cantina feel like a transport to the culture and craft that exists in Oaxaca. 

Xaman Cafe is a bright, light filled space with bifold windows opening out to the exterior courtyard. Walls are partially covered in white porcelain tile while the rest is left exposed to the existing brick. A mural, engraved in earth toned concrete is reminiscent of Indigenous relics or fossilized organisms left untouched. A mixture of imported sculpture, relics and artifacts adds a layer that adds cultural dimension to the space.

A walk through a wall to ceiling, reclaimed wood-clad corridor leads you to Ayahuasca Cantina. A dark, warm lit space that contrasts from Xaman. Counters transition from quartz to raw cast in place concrete and the walls become more stripped and imperfect than its sister space. Raw, black metal shelving fills the bar back wall complete with an operable sliding ladder crafted out of the same metal. Fixtures were carefully selected to create a relaxed and familiar bar-lounge space ambiance.

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