La Bien Aparecida

Madrid, 2015


Creative direction: Sandra Tarruella Interioristas
Responsible: Mariona Guàrdia
Collaborators: Núria Martínez, Barbara Beserra
Area: 320 m2
Customer: La Bien Aparecida
Photographer: Meritxell Arjalaguer

The most recent professional venture of chef Paco Quirós in Madrid takes its name “”La Virgen de la Bien Aparecida”” from the Patron Saint of Cantabria.

A powerful iconographic image of the virgin, La Bien Aparecida, together with the architectural configuration of the building led us to propose a space with materials that evoke ecclesiastical elements.

The pre-existing architecture and walls of the structure also reminds us of gastronomical settings, like taverns, where simplicity, austerity and the nature of the materials gives prominence to the food and its abundance.

We work with materials of the highest quality, basic shapes, and with some simple and delicate manipulation of materials. The primary wood used in the project is oak and is very present throughout the restaurant. It can be seen in the floors, the wainscotting and the furniture and it adds warmth and weight to the spaces. In addition to the wood providing warmth, the use and study of light played a key role in creating a welcoming and natural atmosphere.

The project does not try to do anything more than provide support for its true worship: the gastronomy.