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Mexican Radio

Located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District, Mexican Radio specializes in two things: tacos and cold drinks.

Kitchen at Commonplace - Gardner Architects by Mel Willis
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Gardner Architects by Mel Willis

Located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District, Mexican Radio specializes in two things: tacos and cold drinks. The newly opened concept restaurant conceived by A Good Egg Dining Group occupies a lively, fun space.

The property’s major restoration includes a covered outdoor dining area. There, a translucent vaulted canopy crowns the space in a swirl of bright colors. Inspired by a colorful fine art glass installation, the owners and architect collaborated to find the right solution.

The canopy adds more than just a bright accent for diners: It creates an additional dining space that protects diners from the elements and makes the space useful nearly year ’round.

Style and substance, on budget

In the renovation, the outdoor dining area was demolished down to the existing steel tube structure. Kingspan Light + Air manufactured a fully engineered, customized and prefabricated vaulted canopy to fit the existing steel structure. Kingspan provided a clear anodized aluminum structure, and six unique glazing colors designed to bring the owner’s vision to life.

“We knew colored glass wouldn’t work on this budget,” says Zack Woods, AIA, with Gardner Architects. “But with the Kingspan product, we could get the bright tones of color the customer wanted, and we could cover more square footage, spanning a full patio instead of a very small area.”

Mindful of the project budget, Kingspan provided a variety of color panels with no high set-up costs. Non-standard “off the rack” hues lend a lush, custom-job look. “The tones of colors used give this a unique feel,” Zack says, “and kept the budget on track.”

 

Location: Oklahoma City

Architect: Gardner

General Contractor: J&R Windows

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