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Teresa’s Mosaic Café

Working with the owners of Teresa’s Mosaic Café, we created an exuberant architectural gesture and playful design that welcomes Tucsonans to the more than 25 year old local family business. The design incorporates cultural elements from the owner’s hometown; Oaxaca, Mexico.  The two rebar trees are sculptural representations of the sacred tree; Árbol del Tule, the Tree of Tule, a cultural symbol of life and longevity. As one enters this single story Café the Tree of Tule continues to be visible. The new waiting area is separated from the dining area with screens inspired by the colorful birds found in Oaxaca and portray a playful movement within the tessellated pattern. The dining area and bar are filled with vibrant colors typically found throughout Mexico. The project, which expanded the existing Mosaic Café by 750 sq. ft and a construction cost of $450,000.00, allowed for a new bar, larger dinning area, more restaurant storage, a larger cold room and the enclosure of the east outdoor dining space with operable windows that overlook the heart of Tucson.  

Working with the owners of Teresa’s Mosaic Café, we created an exuberant architectural gesture and playful design that welcomes Tucsonans to the more than 25 year old local family business. The design incorporates cultural elements from the owner’s hometown; Oaxaca, Mexico.  The two rebar trees are sculptural representations of the sacred tree; Árbol del Tule, the Tree of Tule, a cultural symbol of life and longevity. As one enters this single story Café the Tree of Tule continues to be visible. The new waiting area is separated from the dining area with screens inspired by the colorful birds found in Oaxaca and portray a playful movement within the tessellated pattern. The dining area and bar are filled with vibrant colors typically found throughout Mexico. The project, which expanded the existing Mosaic Café by 750 sq. ft and a construction cost of $450,000.00, allowed for a new bar, larger dinning area, more restaurant storage, a larger cold room and the enclosure of the east outdoor dining space with operable windows that overlook the heart of Tucson.