VIMARVI’s project consists of the the relocation of the ‘el gordo y el flaco’ restaurant, in the corner house of a low-rise building area in valencia, spain. the new location makes it possible to house the new restaurant in its own building, providing all the advantages that the old premises did not have.
all images by germán cabo
in constrast to the old property, the new site is spacious, allowing VIMARVI to change the entrance design by placing a patio and, at the same time, to add a secondary entrance in order to solve the public-private communication problems that many restaurants have. the entrance patio becomes one of the focal points of the project, creating a filter between the restaurant and the street, while facilitating natural lighting of the interior. in addition to that, it generates a pleasant exterior area, thanks to its size and configuration. the façade is made by three materials: black viroc panels, simulating a concrete body that houses the kitchen and bathrooms, a micro-cement line that joins the parts of the façade together, and a perforated latticework that creates an interior-exterior filter in the patio. the plane of viroc is replaced by a glass wall in the main hall.
on the inside of the restaurant, various configurations form different spaces. the main hall maintains the elegant aesthetic of the facade, defining the personality of the restaurant. there are two private dining rooms adjacent to the main hall; a closed one and another one that is separated by a wooden sliding partition, but can open up, integrating with the rest of the public area. acoustics was one of the focal issues to be solved, so false ceilings with open joints were set, allowing the installation of acoustic absorbent material on them.
the winery is visually connected with the small private dining room through a large glass wall, though it can be completely accessed from the public area, so that all customers can choose the wine of their preference. the bottles are storaged in a construction mesh of reinforcing steel beams, stacking as many bottles as possible. all the materials that were used within the project, were chosen according to the initial idea of serenity and elegance, creating an aesthetically pleasing and comfortable environment.
name: el gordo y el flaco
location: valencia, spain
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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom