el portillo by spanish design firm stone designs is a cabin located at javalambre ski station in teruel, spain. its construction is modeled after typical canadian wood cabins made of tree trunks with a pitched roof. the project consisted of converting the space, which to this point had been uncared for, into a cafe for that specific zone of the ski station.

graphic artist pepa prieto has inhabited the exterior walls with creature as if emerging from the snowthe project was offered to stone designs by spanish holding company aramón group. the initial ideas were to create and interior and exterior that would co-exist to complement each other. taking into account the presence of snow, and the fact that it would only operate in the winter, the first idea was that the cabin should form part of the landscape. during the winter, with snow on the mountain, everything becomes a contrast of black and white – snow covers everything and anything not covered appears dark. looking at this, stone design decided to paint the entire exterior of the cabin in black, so that it would contrast the snowy landscape. in addition they collaborated with graphic artist pepa prieto, who has given the outside of the cabin life, inhabiting the walls of the café with creatures painted in white as if they are emerging from the snowy ground.

stone designs: el portillo cabin exterior of el portillo

stone designs: el portillo cabin exterior of el portillo

stone designs: el portillo cabin graphic details

stone designs: el portillo cabin graphic details stone designs: el portillo cabinthe contrasting interior

the design approach inside is completely different. it is painted white, in order to optimize the scarce light on cloudy days and creating a cozy space, an escape from the harshest days of winter. they wanted to use as few elements as possible so that in the end, the furniture becomes the means used to create the topography of the interior. red climbing rope has been used as an element of distortion, creating an area that is less static.

stone designs: el portillo cabin interior of el portillo

stone designs: el portillo cabinthe interior view of eating area and bar

the bar is decorated with a black band referencing the cabin’s exterior and the menu is written directly on masking tape, which means they can change items when necessary.

stone designs: el portillo cabin

stone designs: el portillo cabindetail of furniture with use of red climbing rope

stone designs: el portillo cabindetail of lighting