HISPANO NUEVA TRADICION
Here we were commissioned to design a banqueting hall in a rather complicated unit that formed part of the ground floor of two different buildings with a stairwell between them. The unit had to be flexible as it was intended to convertible into a restaurant at a later stage.
The line of the wall that separated the two buildings contained numerous pillars, plumbing, electrical and other installations. This situation was solved by grouping together all of these installations and unifying them by means of a curved skin made up of standard pipes of varying diameters. With this problem solved, we turned our attention to the main area where we had to create different areas of privacy that would allow the room to be used for large celebrations of up to a hundred and fifty people, private dining or even just for those wanting a snack. For this purpose, the main room can be divided into three independent dining rooms, separated from the entrance hall by means of two large glass sliding doors, which when open slide back inside the walls that separate the two buildings.
To create continuity within the space, the walls are covered in wooden slats forming a curvature from the floor up to the ceiling. These longitudinal slats optically widen the space; hide the service installations, as well as improving the acoustics.
A flexible lighting plan integrates the various ceiling tracks, allowing a varied distribution of light depending on the number of clients. The ceiling lights keep the room in shadow, whilst pendant lamps direct the light on the tables, creating areas of privacy within the general ambiance. At the same time, the lighting is enhanced by the walls covered with mirrors or black glass, and even by the wood that plays with the reflected light and makes the room seem larger.
Architecture and interior design by CLAVEL ARQUITECTOS
Partners in Charge: Manuel Clavel Rojo / Luis Clavel Sainz
Team: Mauricio Méndez Bustos, Rubén Alcaraz Marín, Álvaro Abadía
Photography: David Frutos (BISimages)