Ceramics and brick work together to imbue a Barcelona restaurant with a sense of the Mediterranean. The Disfrutar Restaurant was completed in December 2014, a project by the El Equipo Creativo, a Barcelona firm founded in 2010 by Oliver Franz Schmidt and Natali Canas del Pozo. The architects state that they “share the idea that space, the same as food, tells stories, and creates sensations and experiences.”
The designers state the restaurant uses ceramics to transmit feelings of naturalness, humility and respect for the history and heritage of the Mediterranean. Ceramics and brick, however, are used to different effects throughout the building, to give each section of the eatery a unique look.
“The entrance area contains more urban references, like the metallic structures of the antique Ninot food market across the street. In this area we use ceramics in a colorful, artistic way, with panels of monochromatic tiles which surround us as if they were part of a deconstructed mural by Miró, the artist.
“The kitchen is the oven of the restaurant, both real and metaphorical, as it is from there that all activity emanates. Here we use ceramics in their most humble and rugged format: pieces of, baked bricks in their natural color, form a permeable limit through which the guests can see the interior of this oven, golden and warm.”
The main dining room is described as a “wide luminous space,” meant to evoke the look of a terrace. The dining area has white walls, ceilings and floors. The designers state this room has “openings in a chaotic order, reminiscent of Mediterranean towns.”
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