20 Apr 2018 • Spatial
Lucas y Hernández-Gil makes concrete futuristic in Casaplata
For Lucas y Hernández-Gil, the Andalusian capital’s history is inhospitable. Seville’s architecture, emergent from no less than three UNESCO heritage sites, reveals the Islamic influences that arrived in the 16th and 17th centuries. However, through an explicit departure from this cultural heritage, the Madrid-based studio carves out a space for new restaurant Casaplata that is entirely its own.
Unadorned concrete becomes a canvas for the unmistakably contemporary character of the space. Over this canvas, Lucas y Hernández-Gil embeds a playful material palette – perforated-metal furniture and large circular light fixtures express a visual language free from local historical context. The furniture, designed by the studio, is grouped in colour tribes of vivid peach, blue and green. The subterranean styling of the unfinished wall surfaces is transformed in the evenings by a haze of neon pink, yellow and green lighting. Round mirrors and windows iterate the circular motif through the space, creating apparently infinite tunnels through the space.
The assertive use of shape and colour in the design is sanctioned by the overt rejection of nostalgia, positioning the space as an illustration of Seville’s current and future hospitality scene.