RCR arquitectes & Pau Llimona, Enigma Restaurant in Barcelona
Photos: Pau Llimona. Images courtesy Neolith
The winners of this year’s Pritzker Prize – Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem, and Ramon Vilalta of RCR arquitectes – and Pau Llimona designed this restaurant for the prestigious chef Albert Adrià, and it has been built in collaboration with the studio Sánchez Guiisado. Located on Calle Sepúlveda in Barcelona, the large space – almost 700 square meters – offers a gastronomical experience to a maximum of 24 people at a time. The restaurant’s front door opens as diners type a code given when they confirmed their reservations. And the labyrinthine journey to the interior begins.
The design is based on a pictorial composition rendered with watercolor. The greenish and bluish tones are transferred to Neolith, a sintered stone provided by the Castellón-based firm TheSize Surfaces, in a color specially conceived to faithfully reproduce that of the watercolor, and a wrinkled texture of the Riverwashed finish. The kitchen countertops, claddings, and floors are executed with Neolith. The main technical difficulty is in the floor, where the pieces fit together like a puzzle and no two are alike.
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