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“When Ana and Thanasis – the restaurant owners – told us they wanted to open a new Egeo restaurant in our Valencia, we were immediately excited about the idea, as for a while we were keen to develop a Greek restaurant.” Masquespacio co-founder Christophe Penasse told Archipanic. “The biggest challenge was that the client didn’t want a huge change in the design.”
From here, aiming to bring the space closer to Greece, the studio applied the beauty of cement-ish materials that are so typical for the ancient Greek houses along with contemporary features. “We tried to materialize Greece in the space, further than just using the usual white and blue colour palette.” Masquespacio co-founder Ana Milena Hernández told to Archipanic.
A series of Greek columns in a deteriorated state were 3D-printed blue featuring led tubes to bridge traditional classic architecture with 21st-century technology. “The regular colour was challenged, next to its production technique, making them a contemporary element.” Masquespacio co-founder Ana Milena Hernández told to Archipanic.
Last but not least, the order bar is situated in the middle of the space to recreate a bustling environment as if you were ordering your souvlaki from a mobile kiosk in the middle of a Greek market.
“If you follow our work, you know that we like to break with the existing, for which it was a huge challenge for us to respect their minimalistic Greek design and at the same time offer a different experience,” Penasse said.
All photos by Sebastian Erras, courtesy of Masquespacio.
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