Regina Escalante (Mexico) and Vincent Ross (France) founded Merci in the city of Mérida in 2014. Their gastronomic success made them a benchmark within the city and they decided to expand their business under a concept that communicates the values their kitchen represents.
The concept developed sought to integrate references to their places of origin through the combination of materials which results in the creation of an open space with different atmospheres.
The project organizes space with wooden vaults above. The first bay is larger and segmented by frames and metal mesh. The four remaining smaller vaults do not close their arch, creating an opening that allows a feeling of spaciousness and continuity. The vaults are supported on steel beams suspended from the slab above and act as a source of indirect lighting.
The use of exposed brick is emphasized, as well as French pottery and polished concrete floors with Yucatecan tiles. The mixture of textures, chromatic and naked expression of each material generates a language of rich contrasts that go hand in hand with the kitchen that distinguishes the restaurant: handmade, fresh and attentive to detail.