Interior Design. Cataleya, a gastrobar in Caceres, Spain, 2015.
Cataleya is a new gastrobar in Doctor Fleming street No 8, Caceres, Spain.
The design concept responds to the client’s request to create a new gastronomic alternative for the city in a “different” space, by re-inventing an old location.
The interior design gives a modern touch to what was once a bar and nothing else.
The aesthetics are inspired by formal abstraction, while the organisation of the space is one of the project`s most interesting features. Small islands with tables and chairs allow you to enjoy a variety of atmospheres inside the larger space: high tables with stools typical of a bar, low tables with armchairs, and “coffee shop style” dining tables with chairs. The environment of the whole gastrobar is cosy and homelike.
The warm light adds warmth to the space, which is dominated by the coldness of stainless steel and the industrial look of metal mesh, in furniture and ceilings. LED lights of different colours can be seen from outside the gastrobar. They are meant to communicate which activities are taking place inside. Red lights indicate that there is a wine tasting. When the lights are blue cheerful drinks are offered. Purple lights mean that the place is holding a private event.
The bar counter is at the heart of the space. It is made of steel, wood, and glass. It is designed for preparing and serving drinks, displaying cold food, and glassware cleaning – in other words the traditional functions of any bar.
On the wall in the background a huge picture of a historical place in the region is displayed: the Cáceres cistern, one of the largest and best-preserved water tanks on the Iberian peninsula. Thus, the picture locates the restaurant in the area. The Cáceres cistern is integrated into the space and invites us to enjoy and share a good time in Cataleya.
The design project includes all furniture in the space. The manufacture was carried out by local producers.
(The picture above is a virtual image)
Assistant designer: Leandro Luján Milián.