Sordo Madaleno - Ling Ling, recalling the grand courtyards and terraces of Mexican architecture
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Ling Ling, recalling the grand courtyards and terraces of Mexican architecture

Sordo Madaleno

Hospitality  /  Completed
Sordo Madaleno

The famous Ling Ling restaurant is situated at a privileged location in Mexico City, on the top floor of one of the tallest skyscrapers on Paseo de la Reforma avenue. The restaurant’s goal is to create an attractive and versatile ambiance that invites guests to extend their stay from day to night, enjoying a relaxed experience together with the best views of the city. The restaurant’s interior design concept started out with the idea of creating a space recalling the grand courtyards and terraces so characteristic of Mexican architecture. How to generate the sensation of being in a courtyard on the 56th floor? This was one of the greatest challenges in the design of the project, with the formal approach and the design process using structural elements and construction methods that helped to blur the boundary between architecture and interior design. As a result, the idea emerged of a triple-height space with a porticoed structure and lush vegetation at the terrace. Employing an extensive palette of vegetable hues and light as the driving force of the whole project, the restaurant unfolds as a site full of character and texture, both inside and out. With this in mind, each space and room respond directly to the desire to enhance the views and experience offered by the location. Surrounded by exuberant vegetation, the courtyard and the terrace become the true heart of the project, creating an environment hard to imagine on the 56th floor of ChapultepecUno, the brand-new corporate and hotel skyscraper in Mexico City. This space benefits from the triple height and corner location to surprise guests with a glazed atrium structure offering 270° views across the whole city. Meanwhile, the inner salon and dining room are enclosed within a vaulted structure constructed using wood stereotomy techniques, highlighted by gentle illumination, and fitted out with custom-made furniture. Under this wood structure, the Sushi Bar recreates an Asian atmosphere that will bring the guests face-to-face with the preparation of the cuisine, giving a more personal touch to their experience. On the other hand, the main bar encloses a perfect frame of the skyline of the city through an item of dynamic furniture. Thanks to the client’s openness to ideas, the design process included the opportunity to experiment with the brand logo to create a wooden structure for the screen of the main lobby. This element is a great example of how an architectural design can become part of the official image of a brand.


 Mexico City
 1000 mq
 Javier Sordo Madaleno, Fernanda Patiño
 Gabriel Nieto, Paola Martínez, Ricardo Tovar, Nancy Becerra, Delfina Espina
 LGM Studio


Sordo Madaleno is a pioneering studio with over 80 years of experience. For three generations, we have specialized in and been recognized for the creation of one-of-a-kind, game-changing architectural, interior, and urban experiences. We are anchored in the cultural context and inspired to push boundaries.

The studio is acknowledged for its deep commitment to excellence and for its strategic planning, which produces fully integrated architectural solutions. The firm makes a careful evaluation of the urban context, the social impact, and the feasibility, to go beyond the initial requirements and enhancing the distinctive characteristics of each project.

From award-winning architectural solutions to large-scale engineering and urban design projects, our vision recalls in to improve the quality of life of users.


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