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Project of the Week

Lobito de Mar by Astet

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  • Design House: Astet
  • Project Name: Lobito de Mar
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • 435m²

Where the capital meets the sea - Lobito de Mar is a new Madrid restaurant, designed with a wave of both Mediterranean and urban influence.

Young, Spanish studio, Astet, took on the project last year, designing a large restaurant space which submerges visitors into a life away from the city.

Take a quick tour of the project below.

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Running through the restaurant, reference and reinterpretations of marine life are constantly in play. Consistent use of aquatic colours and textures all contribute to the overarching theme.

Yet, despite this consistency, the design studio have added a layer of intrigue by cleverly dividing the space into two different ambiences.

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In the first space, “The Bar Resalao”, materials and textures were carefully selected to evoke subtle reminders of typical fish markets. Cold and warm materials - such as brushed steel, granite, mirrors, walnut wood and terrazzo - alternate in the space.

Continuing this theme, the treatment of the ceiling then replicates the architectural structures of a traditional Spanish dock.

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The beach and sea of Malaga with its marine tones of green and blue, and the toasted colours of its sand and wildlife are intertwined in the interior of Lobito de mar.
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The adjoining space is named the “Shipyard Room”, and hosts a contrasting ambience to the Bar area. Walnut wood, warm whites and terracotta fabrics create a warmer palette and an added sense of "serenity".

Bespoke ceramic tiles are introduced to contrast with the warmth of the surrounding materials, reminding us of the shiny reflections that fish scales create.

Old sea paintings then seek to juxtapose contemporary elements, such as the blue and white fish sculpture and stainless-steel cladded walls.

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A large wall covered with sand from the beach of Malaga brings Madrid closer to the calmness of the sea.

The bathrooms (pictured below) do not deviate from the theme. As the studio describes, they "are the maximum expression of the fish butchery".

A large sink - made of aged concrete - is designed to look like a fisherman's trough, while each of the cabins and their doors offers a unique visual representation of how fish are conserved in refrigerators.

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Throughout the space, Astet, seek to replicate the vast, varied nature of "sealife" through their interesting mix of themes and design styles.

With their imaginative approach, they successfully submerge the ambience of the sea straight into the Spanish capital.

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