The Mojama restaurant is located in the Almagro neighborhood, belonging to the Chamberí district of Madrid, in a residential area, but crowded by the numerous offices and embassies located in the area, and by the large influx of people at night.

Project Name: Mojama Restaurant

Giacomo Deluca
José Ramón Martínez Cañadas
Enrique Víctor Mengual

PHOTOGRAPHER: Lorenzo Franzi

Mojama Restaurant by BINOMIO ARQUITECTURA - Sheet4
©Lorenzo Franzi

The previous state was of a two-story premises, excessively compartmentalized, with little lighting and without any presence from the outside. Therefore, we work with the objective of solving these defects of the premises and with the challenge of connecting both spaces while maintaining the unity of the project.

The distributions of both floors are open-plan, functional and looking for long visuals that provide the space with that necessary amplitude and natural lighting.

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©Lorenzo Franzi

The ground floor is developed by moving the lounge area to the front, close to the new shop windows, providing said area with lighting and long visuals. The service areas (kitchen and toilet) are pushed to the back of the premises where the needs are less.

The bar is located near the entrance, and is presented as a monolithic totem framed by an oak palilleria, which receives diners and allows a panoramic view of the premises. On the other side, a wooden paneling leads to the stairs and service areas.

The staircase appears as an opening in the floor of the upper floor, through which one descends as if it were a fissure in the rock, since all its vertical and horizontal walls are treated in the same way.

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©Lorenzo Franzi

The basement floor is solved in an elementary way, leaving the room in the center and embedding the service areas in the irregular sides of the premises. Being free of natural light, the idea of a constrained and closed space can prevail, so high ceilings, vegetation, wood finishes and warm artificial light are considered to evade us from that assumption.

The materiality in this work is essential, basing on it, the unity of the whole and giving meaning to the entire project. Therefore, the palette of materials is reduced exclusively to three. Porcelain, which covers all the walls and floors of the premises, generating the idea of being inside a carved rock and giving continuity to the entire proposal.

Oak wood, which brings warmth to the spaces and frames the unique spaces. Vegetation, which provides naturalness and freshness to the premises.


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