Barcelona, 2016

Project: Alkimia Restaurant. 

Client: Jordi Vilà

Location: Barcelona, Spain. 

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

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

Collaborators: Oxido Studio, Onion Lab, Josep Civit. 

Photographers: Adrià Goula, and External Reference. 

Awards: First Prize | International Architecture & Design Award for designer bars Category, restaurants, and hotels, InArch Instituto Nazionale di Architettura 2017.

First Prize | Restaurant Design Category, SBID (Society of British 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.