Alkimia, Barcelona | 2016

Project: Alkimia Restaurant. 

Client: Jordi Vilà

Location: Ronda de Sant Antoni, 41, Barcelona, Spain. 

Author: External Reference, Carmelo Zappulla, Nacho Toribio, Chu Uroz. 

Team: Stuart Maggs, Elena Mitrofanova, Pierfrancesco Nicotra, Daniela De Luca. 

Contractors: Oxido Studio. 

Audiovisual Content: Onion Lab. 

Light Designer: Josep Civit. 

Photographers: Adrià Goula, External Reference. 

Awards: First Prize InArch Best Restaurant Design | First Prize SBID International Design Award 2017

The restaurant is located in the city center of Barcelona, on the main floor of a modernist building (dating back to 1864) left unoccupied for 40 years. The project design has been carried out taking into consideration two elements: the pre-existing architectural context (including its old patina and typology) and the specific gastronomic offer of the Michelin-starred restaurant Alkimia (which is 80% based on fish).

The restaurant Alkimia has been conceived of as a continuous scenography fostering a seamless sensory experience. The different parts of this scenography feature sea life-inspired skins, art installations and custom-made furniture which establish a unique relationship with the surrounding space. Nothing is forever, everything is custom-made.