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Fonda Mexican Windsor

144 Chapel St, Windsor 3181
(03) 9521 2660 or


A run-down heritage showroom in Windsor has become the home of the second restaurant under the banner of local taquería Fonda Mexican. The shell of the building was discovered during demolition, and the design was built around highlighting the pre-existing features. This included the cathedral ceiling and trusses, stained glass windows and other period ornamentation. A new insertion conceptualises the kitchen at a more vernacular scale, and is surrounded with custom Techné-designed elements including rope-strung benches that reflect traditional Mexican crafts, and pendant lights based around Acapulco chairs.

Complementary furniture imported from Los Angeles provides a unique highlight to the dining room and ties the design to a vibrant geometric floor pattern conceived in collaboration with graphic designers Goldenhen.

Techné Architects is a commercial practice lead by two directors, Nick Travers and Justin Northrop, who are passionate about architecture. Founded in 2002, Techné has quickly built a portfolio across a broad section of project types including hospitality, single and multi-residential, commercial, automotive, institutional and retail.

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