Dubbed ‘Locura’ (Madness in Spanish), the casual Mexican eatery celebrates fine and honest food, delicious drinks, and good music. The modest interior follows the same ethos, preserving the integrity of intent, pure geometries, and simple finishes that feel equal parts humble and meaningful.
Tactile materials bring warmth, texture, and colour to the mostly undecorated space. Well considered lighting creates an inviting mood and ambience. The physical setting of the bar doesn’t compete to command the attention of the patrons but happily dissolves into the background, supporting and facilitating an experience that feels laid back and special, and a little different to other venues in the area.
Pattern Studio’s response was to create a contemporary interpretation of a ‘Mexican restaurant’, deliberately staying clear of simplistic or culturally-appropriated references to South American culture. Instead, the design discretely references the genuine character and raw beauty of small, late-night venues found across Mexico City.
Inspired by rough and raw urban textures, the base materials palette embraces concrete, grey brick, and mild steel. Natural stone and leather soften the finishes, adding a sense of sophistication and ensuring the comfort of those in the space is considered. The layout of furniture and joinery, including a mix of proprietary and custom designed pieces, is uncomplicated so as not to clutter the space.
The interior is mainly undecorated. Instead, visual impact arises from geometry and repetition like the linear pattern of the brick-clad bar font, or the repeat of the classic round wall sconces. Soft and ambient illumination by decorative light fittings and concealed LED strip lights create the kind of mood that suggests something special might well happen here.
通過James Turrell風格燈光的指引，在洗手間中可以找到現代主義墨西哥建筑師Luis Barragan運用大膽色彩的作品。顧客從燈光昏暗且相對樸素的酒吧空間進入色彩豐富的浴室時，會感受到出人意料的空間效果。墻壁和天花板上的飾面面采用白色處理，白色樺木膠合板隔板可以使彩色LED照射所有表面，將所有表面都浸入全彩色之中。這種照明系統控制允許將色調設置為任意RBG值，使場地能夠在任何時間快速改變空間的情緒。條形led燈被小心地放置在隔板的頂部，使得直接光源被隱藏，空間沐浴在柔和的色調中。
A playful reference to the works of Modernist Mexican architect Luis Barragan‘s bold use of colour can be found in the venue’s restrooms, delivered via a James Turrell-inspired light installation. This gesture comes as an unexpected surprise as patrons travel from the moodily-lit and relatively unadorned bar space into the richly coloured bathrooms. A white treatment to the finishes on walls and ceiling, along with whitewashed birch plywood partitions allows coloured LEDs to wash all the surfaces, immersing everything within the space in full colour. This lighting system control allows the tone to be set to any RBG value, enabling the venue to quickly change the mood in the spaces at any time. Strip LEDs are carefully located along the tops of partitions ensuring the direct light source is concealed, and space is bathed in a soft hue.
As Byron Bay locals, Pattern Studio recognised the need for a venue a little different than what’s currently on offer in the Bay where bright, white, rendered spaces are aplenty. This addition to the local nightlife offers visitors an alternative that’s both relaxed and special, where the design and décor dissolve softly into the background, allowing the experience of excellent food, drink, and music to shine.