Boutique Design - June 2017 - 36
Bellavista Del jarDín
Bellavista Del Jardín Del Norte
El Equipo Creativo: Oliver Franz
Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo and
Lucas Echeveste Lacy, partners;
Narcís Font, Anna Martínez Salom,
Blanca Lora-Tamayo, Mauricio García,
Néstor Veloso and Cristòfol Tauler,
Natali CaNas del Pozo
El EquIPO CREATIvO
boutiquedesign.com june 2017
Audioscan (A/V); BMLD (lighting);
Chicken Box (graphics); David M.
Buisán (wall illustrations)
3 The restaurant's "plaza" area
uses firework-like ceiling
ornaments to add a sense of
occasion. Red chairs ground
4 Keeping the blooms on the
ceiling to a narrow palette of
oranges simplifies the vibe-
fitting for a casual dining area.
S4E, Solutions for Engineering
COURTESY OF EL EQUIPO CRE ATIVO (C ANA S DEL POZO); ADRIA GOUL A (BELL AVISTA)
Restaurant designers might need to add "distiller" to their job descriptions if
they want to make magic, not moonshine. Yes, many of today's chicest
eateries have complex and sometime fanciful narratives. But as El Equipo
Creativo partner Natali Canas del Pozo's vision for this village-festivalthemed dining complex-which includes all day dining, from grab-and-go
to formal dinner in various venues under one roof-shows, even the biggest
macro concept can be channeled into a clear, uncomplicated execution.
Step one was centralizing the food production, so that not all spaces had
to be open at all day parts. The space is laid out as a mini-village, and each
area references a different piece of that, from a fairground to a bar to a church.
"In the end we decided to centralize the kitchen in one big space in the
center of the whole venue," says Canas del Pozo. "Apart from that, there are two
bars: the one at the entrance serves breakfast and sandwiches, and the one in
the main plaza is in the 'church,' where drinks are prepared for the whole
venue." She and her team then needed to find a visual equivalent for that
simple solution. They didn't look far-just to the garden out back of the venue.
"We decided to use the flowers as another connecting element in the
space. The flowers connect us to the big garden in the back and also give
the space a festive and fresh atmosphere typical of those summer festivals
in towns," says Canas del Pozo.
The team used color, shape and density to modulate the effect. "In the
entrance area, for example, where we had a double height space, we
designed a colorful cascade of flowers, which becomes a very strong
welcoming element for clients. Once inside the ceiling lowers quite a bit, so
we decided to introduce a much lighter flower arrangement. In the upper
level they are part of the wallpaper of the private event rooms," she adds.
Her words of wisdom? Don't be too literal. Why shouldn't (artificial)
flowers sprout from a ceiling instead of earth, or a miniature replica of a bell
from the Vatican grace a bar area?