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FILIPAO NUNES ARQUITECTOS

Ilios Tulum by Filipao Nunes Arquitectos

Filipao Nunes Arquitectos have been Shortlisted for Restaurant – The Americas Award in The International Hotel and Property Awards 2021.

Ilios Tulum is a Greek restaurant that arises in the middle of Tulum, inspired by the mixture between the elements of the architecture of the Greek islands such as Athens, Mykonos and Santorini with the Mayan ruins such as Zama, Coba and Xel-Há. The fusion between both cultures makes you feel that you are in a magical place, full of history.

 The texture of the chukum coating that is of Mayan origin is a natural material that is typical of Mexican architecture and the texture is visually warm, with pigments ranging from sand tones to light pinks. It can be applied both indoors and outdoors and when combining it, for example with wood and stone, the spaces obtain a mixture of almost ancestral and modern air at the same time. This is part of the design due to a Greek stylisation for its architectural elements while the volumetric forms of the facade are inspired by the Tulum ruins.

The objective is that the client feels that he is in a story where nature and vegetation give a unique personality to the architecture of the place as well as worshiping and providing the space with colours, textures and shadows. The client should feel that they are on an adventure where you can feel that you are in the jungle and that you find an architecture of great impact that is fused with the vegetation.

Something the team love about the project is the chance they had to mix two ancient cultures and present them in a very special and magical way, where you can have a cosey moment or a party, as the proposal is very dynamic. The design works well as the materials, colours, and textures blend so well with each other, not only this but the place it is located in helped the team to use natural materials throughout the project. In a wider environment, Ilios is located in a big project development of restaurants, clubs and entertainment, which are lost in the existing vegetation.

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