Señora Tanaka | Filipao Nunes Arquitectos | World Design Awards 2023

Filipao Nunes: Winner of World Design Awards 2023. Located in the most vibrant avenue of the capital: Masaryk Polanco, Mexico City; is unplanted at 8,395.85 square feet, Señora Tanaka; a restaurant in tribute and response to his father, Señor Tanaka. Señora Tanaka, a project of extroverted personality and energy, offers a unique and avant-garde design concept. It is here where gastronomy, architecture and interior design merge and harmonize; managing to represent a new generation and evolution.

Señora Tanaka, representative of nakki food, refers to the female figure, sophisticated and faithful representative of her Japanese heritage, pays homage to her father Señor Tanaka, without leaving behind her personality that she appropriates in her own way with a grunge air and avant-garde touch, integrating into the vibe of Masaryk, Polanco, where blend gastronomy and interior architecture. Its interior design, with a look towards the Japanese architectural tradition and an urban air, is developed on a single floor; joining the access from the exterior lobby to the interior through a mirror of water that reflects and frames the contrast between colors and textures. Cherry trees are part of its essential elements that define and unite its architecture.

In this project, the lighting design also played an important role in the design of the spaces, giving the spaces a mystical halo and spatial quality, creating a “zen” atmosphere, also integrating the use of dry trees into the design that stand out for the red color of its leaves and pieces of branches on its walls, without leaving behind the high technology of the Japanese streets, which is represented in its corridor surrounded by folding screens.

Project Details
Filipao Nunes

Filipao Nunes

Project Name
Señora Tanaka

World Design Awards Category
Commercial & Retail Built

Project Location
Ciudad de México, CDMX

Filipao Nunes


Photography ©Credit
©Aldro Gracia

Filipao Nunes Arquitectos 

After many experiences lived in Portugal, Spain and México, the idea of creating a multidisciplinary studio of architecture and interior design arises. Specialized in projecting spaces that creates sensory experiences.

In our study, we strongly believe that we have to live, feel, touch and breath the architecture, while having a deep respect for the human scale and the environment around; always taking care of the relationship between both parties and meeting the needs of the user at the same time, following the rules of modulation, scale, lighting and geometry.