A zigzag pedestal that receives seating, stairs and planters runs through this terracotta-colored salad bar in Valencia, by local design practice Horma Studio.
Set in a protected heritage area in the L’Eixample district, the 140-square-meter space belongs BeGreen salad company.
For its interior, the brand wanted an unregulated look that could be used in a multitude of different ways.
“They asked us to design a comfortable and unique space,” Wall Studio said Dezeen.
“It was supposed to be a representative of BeGreen as a place that should be honest, natural and sustainable, but at the same time the concept of a typical cafe and restaurant with chairs and tables should be reconsidered. They were looking for something flexible that could be used without any rules. “
Finished in micro cement, terracotta and wood, the interior is set on an awkward long and narrow floor plan.
To maximize the small footprint of the dining room, the design team inserted a simple “pedestal” for sitting that zigzags along one wall of space 30 meters long.
“We realized that corner furniture allows us to sit in more places and contributes to creating a comfortable space, making this combination the best for our design,” they explained from the studio.
The base is finished in microcement, placed at different levels up to a height of 90 centimeters. The plan divides it into a variety of seating areas, including cabins, benches, and stairs for casual seating, along with planting areas.
The base is decorated with locally produced terracotta elements, such as wall tiles and integrated cylindrical table legs. Upholstered seat cushions were used to line the bench and seat.
“The goal of the project is to be as sustainable and honest as possible, so we simplified our decisions and used as little material as possible,” Horma Studio said.
Other terracotta-colored restaurants include this Mexican restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, where Wick Architecture & Design chose materials “that can be found on the construction site,” and a cafe in Melbourne where the Australian Ritz & Ghougassian practice used a worn facade red brick as a reference point.
It’s a photo Mariela Apollonio.