Ernesto Bedmar / El Papagayo Restaurant
“The idea was to create a place full of natural light so we replaced the slab with a glass ceiling emphasizing the interior heigh. The required spaces were toilets, the kitchen, the dining room, a private room and an office upstairs.
All this required the installation of some technical elements such as cables, pipes and ventilation. So we decided to use one of the walls, which is now finished in exposed concrete and we kept intact the other brick wall. That ́s how we created a contrast between the contemporary and the antique. This determined the location of the cellar and toilets, which have timber cladding, separated from the slab, creating a small building inside another.
The facade was designed in a very simple way, emphasizing the height of the building. My usual partner, and technical director of my jobs in Argentina is the architect Roberto Mansilla, who turned a dream into reality.”
Photography by Gonzalo Viramonte.