Distinctive restaurants: 5 renovated dining areas
Renovating a space for gastronomic purposes can be one of the most interesting challenges for an architect, due to the design freedom that tends to characterize these projects. It allows us to play with cladding materials, lighting and furniture to create unique spaces that are both attractive and functional for the restaurant team and diners.
We dived through our project library to select 5 restaurants that took advantage of their renovations and complexity to create distinctive spaces, presented by ICEX e Interiors from Spain.
Restaurant Cocina Hermanos Torres / OAB. Architecture Office in Barcelona
Conceived as a “kitchen with a restaurant”, the space designed by OAB completely reformulates a former industrial warehouse of nearly 800 m2. The restaurant becomes the kitchen, and the kitchen is not only located at the center of the space but also as its own envelope. “As the lines that physically separate the space have been diluted, the two chefs, Sergio and Javier, as well as the second chefs, the waiters and the assistant cooks cross naturally and without barriers the space between the stoves and the tables”, assure its architects.
In this way, traditional kitchen materials such as light fixtures, shelves and ceramic floors flow through and surround the entire space, enhancing the experience of dining in. The Hermanos Torres kitchen. The domestic aspect of the facade supports this general concept.
Habanera / Proyecto Singular
The design of this restaurant in the Plaza de Colón in Madrid occupies a space of 1000 m2. Seeking to recall the colonial architecture of Havana, every detail of the interior becomes essential. Flooding the spaces surrounding a central courtyard measuring 50 m2 and 8 meters high, “the selected materials seek warmth, with natural woods on the floor and ceiling, patterned fabrics, abundant vegetation, soft colors, reflections , and very careful lighting ”.
The different areas of the restaurant pay particular attention to their dressings. The bar area is exceptional and completely covered with ceramic tiles in different shades of green. The patio also features black and white ceramic tiles and opens completely through perforated metal screens. As for the warmth of the restaurant, it is obtained through the use of wood on the floor and the presence of mainly white fabrics, ranging from the windows to the ceilings.
Restaurant Arlette / Baran Buro
With 600 m2, this project reformulates an old cinema in the city of Chervonograd, built in 1970. The new restaurant is a new positive point of attraction for its inhabitants, and has thus used materials and products with a warm appearance. and distinctive. The existing metal beams and concrete slabs were left exposed, respecting the pre-existing industrial style.
According to its architects, “the materials used give visitors a feeling of comfort and make it interesting for adults and children; with striking colors that combine with the gray of the concrete and the neutral color of the wood with bright accents, such as chairs, bar and tiling. Natural colors and textures were used in the wall decoration. “
Restaurant Mesón El Alamo / architecture and design v om
This is the renovation and expansion of a small restaurant in La Mancha, Spain. Its exterior appearance, sober and minimalist, shelters an interior which is just as elegant but distinctive, in particular thanks to the treatment of the light and the chosen coverings.
Thanks to the new materials that have been incorporated, the restaurant recovers and maintains a domestic and family atmosphere: “The result is a more efficient space full of honest encounters between the vernacular and the new, with bar and restaurant areas separated by the toilets and the kitchens These volumes have been covered with a piece of dark and polished porcelain, creating a contrast with the rest of the space, covered with a combination of ceramics reminiscent of wood and burlap on the floors and walls .
Gastronomic and Leisure Center Odiseo / Clavel Arquitectos
Located in Murcia, Spain, within a large totem pole that can be surrounded by 360º, this restaurant is part of a leisure complex also consisting of a casino, nightclub, bar and restaurant. spectacular cantilevered pool. This is not a renovation per se, but it presents the complexities of a mixed-use building.
The restaurant’s design is based on Mediterranean and Greek mythology, resorting to an “accumulation of textures (wood, gold and bronze, natural fibers, velvet, artisan ceramics …) which, amalgamated under extremely warm lighting, convey different perceptions the beauty of this concept. ” The tiles also extend into the pool area, in a marbled pattern in shades of gray and green.
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