Designed by External Reference Architects with Chu Uroz, the restaurant is located in the city centre of Barcelona, on the main floor of a modernist building (dating back to 1864) left unoccupied for 40 years. The project design has been carried out taking into consideration two elements: the pre-existing architectural context.
The Alkimia restaurant was conceived for chef Jordi Vilá was conceived of as a continuous scenography fostering a seamless sensory experience. The different parts of this scenography feature sea life-inspired skins, art installations and custom-made furniture which establish a unique relationship with the surrounding space.
In order to preserve the existing architecture, neither structural interventions nor the permanent transformation of the context has been proposed.
Even the old patina on the walls has been kept. Overall, the project is based on a dialogue between digital fabrication and craftsmanship.