EL JAPONES @22

Barcelona, 2008

RESTAURANTS

Creative direction: Sandra Tarruella Interioristas
Responsible: Laura Muñoz
Collaborators: Albert Martin, Elsa Noms, Anna Badia, Marta Cirera, Olga Pajares, Catina Verdera
Area: 189 m2
Customer: Grupo Tragaluz
Photographer: Meritxell Arjalaguer
Graphic design: Mario Eskenazi

The latest venture of Grupo Tragaluz is the new restaurant El Japonés@22, located at the Barcelona district 22@, in the Poblenou area. This area of the city is undergoing a major transformation as many office buildings, universities, public facilities etc. have been recently built. El Japonés@22 is situated on the ground floor of the Mediapro building.

When designing the space, it was interesting to observe the area, the flows of people, businesses and activities nearby, and understand the potential future clients who might use the restaurant. Another key element was the space itself. The existing structure, nearly seven meters high and with concrete walls and ceiling, was decisive for the outcome of the project.

The overall height of the space was preserved in order to keep the existing concrete ceiling visible, as well as the full height of the concrete walls. We felt that this was an essential aspect of the project, in order to respect the character of the space.