Alejandro Ribas Mercau

Alejandro Ribas Mercau

Barcelona, ES


ILDUOMO Coffee Shop

The project recovers the essence of traditional architecture and simple agricultural building of the past rural of Catalonia; local and organic materials, warm and with textures, dodging the high-tech solutions and specializations at the expense of a traditional, simple spirit.
The atmosphere of the interior lightning is achieved by managing filters made of wooden slats and generating light contrasts, shadows and cozy corners, spaces of relaxation and disconnection that reminiscence the interior spaces of the agricultural landscape buildings.
The interior of the building is exposed to the prying eyes of the tide of pedestrians which walks by all day long next to the coffee, it even lets us play with the transparencies of the slats at the point of the façade where the pedestrian’s transit is the busiest, inducing curiosity to look beyond the lining to the inside; pine slats, maintenance-free, aging like wood normally do, an aging which is observed in its maturity and discoloration over time and outdoor weather.
The interior is covered with slats from palot (fruit boxes from Lleida’s agricultural cooperatives). 200 meters of sisal rope weaving invites us to touch and read the menu, the rope is a filter into the bar and a tool that generates an interesting rhythm of color and shadow. The bar is framed in light.

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Status: Built
Location: Lérida, ES
Additional Credits: Architect Isacio García Roldán