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alma maría restaurant by studio arthur casas
jun 02, 2012
alma maría restaurant by studio arthur casas


‘alma maría restaurant’ by studio arthur casas, sao paulo, brazil
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre

 

 

 

são paulo-based architecture practice studio arthur casas has completed ‘alma maria restaurant’, a local bistro in the brazilian city that serves spanish-style tapas. in keeping with the colorful and textured patterns of the catalan culture, the interior is a mixture of red wooden chairs, patterned cushions and integrated plant-life. the modern, linear forms are juxtaposed with the original structure of the building, including a stone wall and wooden beams. a long bar at the entrance provides visitors with a view into the kitchen.

 

although there are few views to the outside, the space is flooded with natural lighting through the permeable geometric screen and elongated skylight. from the rooftop, the clerestory window provides natural lighting to the three stories. to control the strength and intensity, orange fabric is pulled along the glazing, thus diffusing the light. along one wall of the restaurant, a display case shelving unit runs along the length and height of the space, showcasing typical spanish ingredients and vintage containers. 


a cactus is integrated into the table as it appears to grow out of the wooden surface 
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre


upper level mezzanine
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre


the original structure of the building is integrated into the space 
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre


orange fabric can be drawn along the skylight to change the lighting on the interior 
image © iñigo bujedo aguirre


the façade is composed of a geometric permeable screen

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