designed by arantxa manrique arquitectes, ‘atlantis gastrobar’ is a tiny eatery packed with big flavors in barcelona’s sant antoni neighborhood. covering just 20 sqm, the restaurant features operable glass panels on its façade to open the limited floor area outside, allowing the space to interact with both the street and passersby.
images by adriá goula
atlantis gastrobar is a small establishment that offers locally sourced fish and seafood tapas. arantxa manrique‘s task was to maximize the modest space, paying particular attention to details and materials in order to enhance the culinary experience. the final design, which took just three months to build, is conceived as a contemporary object with a nostalgic nod to traditional corner shops. fittingly, the logotype is reminiscent of the sea, the mythical island of atlantis, their protective god poseidon, and his magnificent trident.
the modular façade is divided into three parts. the first one allows people to enter and exit the restaurant, and the other two are found on top of a concrete bench, creating a visual openness between the interior and the exterior and linking the establishment to the street and the neighborhood. when the metallic windows are opened, two intimate seating areas are created, which provide the perfect spot to enjoy an evening aperitf.
video by pirra and sergi vela
the interior is covered in white tiles, reminiscent of a traditional fishmonger’s, and the space is dominated by a semi-circular bar made out of artisanal navy blue tiles. this wave-like geometry allows the floor plan to be optimized to its maximum capacity, creating a balance between the working and the seating areas. furthermore, the slight angle of the back wall generates enough space for a reduced mobility toilet, a second washing area, and extra storage.
name: atlantis gastrobar
location: barcelona, spain
architect: arantxa manrique arquitectes
engineering: AIA instal.lacions arquitectòniques
building engineer: arsenio alcalá
contractor: CLASSICO45 SL
video: pirra and sergi vela
edited by: lynne myers | designboom