ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona – All photos by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

Food – “For our guests to live a unique experience, we consider that the surprise effect is important and therefore we have opted not to publish the menu on the website.” Albert Adrià’s ENIGMA restaurant in Barcelona is all about discovery. The renown chef teamed with Pritzker Prize winning studio RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona to fill the interiors with watercolours blurry shades.

ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

ENIGMA restaurant welcomes visitors into is an enveloping space that melts and disappears, almost like a labyrinth. Materiality blends with conformation creating a wide range of organic movements. Shadows and transparencies mix with a watery and nebular presence.” Say at RCR Arquitectes.


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ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

Albert Adrià’s vision took shape when RCR Arquitectes drew their design idea in watercolours and decided to bring it to life by using Neolith® by TheSize, a Catalan company producing and working with high-tech sintered stone. Thanks to the brand’s patented digital printing decoration technology, the blurry nuances of watercolours were translated into a continuous design spanning across the floor, walls and ceiling.

ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

The result is an organic space full of curves and narrow aisles. Absolute precision was key to guarantee the uniformity of the watercolour design. Indeed, the architects wanted every slab to come with irregular textures inviting to touch. Ethereal custom furnitures submerge diners into an immersive environment.

ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

The mysterious interior design was conceived to influence the menu as well. “ENIGMA is an out-of-this-world and mysterious restaurant. The type of cuisine we make is determined by the environment,’ explains Albert Adrià. ‘If we were, for example, surrounded by nature, we would cook entirely different dishes.


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ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.

All photos by Neolith® by TheSize.

ENIGMA restaurant by Albert Adrià, RCR Arquitectes and P. Limona - photo by Jordi Adrià, courtesy of Neolith® by TheSize.