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Azure - - CONTENTS - WORDS _Ana Domínguez Siemens PHO­TOGRAPHS _Juan Del­gado

Colour and con­crete prove a win­ning recipe at Seville tapas bar Cas­aplata

Tell peo­ple in Spain that you’re go­ing to Cas­aplata and they might think you’re head­ing to an old-fash­ioned sil­ver shop: Cas­aplata is Span­ish for “sil­ver­house.” In Seville, how­ever, Cas­aplata is also a restau­rant that re­cently opened in La Alameda, an up-and-com­ing dis­trict in the city. The ar­chi­tects, Cristina Domínguez Lu­cas and Fer­nando Hernán­dez-gil of Madrid, had com­pleted another eatery, El Pin­tón, for one of Cas­aplata’s own­ers, who ap­proached them again for this new ven­ture. The idea was to trans­form an un­in­ter­est­ing cafe­te­ria that had oc­cu­pied the site since the 1990s into a con­tem­po­rary tapas and cock­tail bar. The re­sult is a 150-square-me­tre space that mixes colour and con­crete to dra­matic ef­fect and ac­com­mo­dates up to 80 din­ers. The first step the ar­chi­tects took was strip­ping the space down to its raw, post-in­dus­trial shell. They then or­ga­nized the eatery around a pair of bar coun­ters. Nat­u­ral light comes from two street-fac­ing win­dows and a sky­light in a pa­tio now serv­ing as a pri­vate din­ing area. A port­hole con­nects this room to the larger space, the cir­cu­lar shape echoed else­where by round mir­rors of iden­ti­cal size and a dec­o­ra­tive yel­low cir­cle painted on a wall. The cir­cles coun­ter­bal­ance the rigid geom­e­try of the rooms. Another soft­en­ing tac­tic was the ad­di­tion of pink­ish pig­ment to the plas­ter used on the walls, a treat­ment that re­sulted in a sil­ver-grey fin­ish that sig­nif­i­cantly bright­ens the space. Against this neu­tral back­drop, var­i­ously toned fur­ni­ture was ar­ranged as if in a paint­ing by Gior­gio Mo­randi, the Ital­ian artist who spe­cial­ized in sub­tly shaded still lifes and served as in­spi­ra­tion for the project. Ex­cept for a cou­ple of vin­tage lamps and some Cesca chairs by Mar­cel Breuer, all of the ta­bles, chairs, stools and light­ing fix­tures were de­signed by the ar­chi­tects, some­thing they do un­der the name Krestade­sign. Pieces in­clude ta­bles made of per­fo­rated lac­quered metal that pro­vides both tex­ture and trans­parency (din­ers can see the grey floor through the table­tops). Some ta­bles are also equipped with wheels to fa­cil­i­tate dif­fer­ent group­ings. The graphic, clean-lined light­ing fix­tures, mean­while, fur­ther re­in­force the geom­e­try of the build­ing. Among the most prom­i­nent is a large cir­cu­lar one hang­ing in the main din­ing area. LEDS cre­ate dis­creet tonal shifts as day pro­gresses into night. lucasy­h­er­nan­

At Cas­aplata in Seville, the vi­brantly toned fur­nish­ings in­clude per­fo­rated metal din­ing ta­bles de­signed by the ar­chi­tects.

Cir­cu­lar mir­rors, seat­ing and light­ing echo port­hole win­dows through­out the restau­rant. Pink­ish pig­ment was added to plas­ter to give the walls their sil­very grey fin­ish.

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