situated in the italian city of palermo, studio didea has designed a new restaurant interior within an existing 18th century building. formerly home to a leather goods shop, the architects have converted the space using a material palette of timber, marble, aluminium and plaster. characterized by the muted grey blue that adorns the walls and ceilings, the project has been realised with consideration paid to notions of perspective and natural light, resulting in an almost theatrical dining atmosphere.
the use of the same gray-blue color for the walls and ceiling brings continuity to the space
all images © nanni culotta
the existing shop was originally structured in three different units with an irregular ground floor plan. the intervention by studio didea works to unify the three separate elements to create a better flowing program to fit the new function. the first action was to open up the structural walls, leading to a fluid space from one room to another, with wide openings framing outdoor views and bringing in an abundance of natural light. upon entering, visitors are welcomed by a bush-hammered carrara marble bar counter, contrasting with the smooth grey-blue walls.
a large custom made wine cellar is the main feature of the more exclusive central room
oak parquet flooring runs through all the rooms and gives the impression to go under the walls thanks to the thin black baseboards. black tables and chairs by pedrali are dotted throughout the other rooms, with a big custom made wine cellar as the main feature of the more exclusive central room. the shelves, which are custom designed by the studio, are backlit and make the bottles appear to come out of the steel and black-painted oak structure. LEDs, facing upwards, illuminate the space indirectly, while flos spotlights are placed to create luminous cones on the tables. the same material palette is continued into the bathrooms, with kerakoll gray resin, tiles mutina and bushammered carrara marble used for the washbasins.
wide openings framing outdoor views and bringing in natural light
the oak parquet flooring runs along all the rooms and gives the impression to go also under the walls thanks to the thin black baseboards
all the furniture, except the tables and chairs, are custom designed by studio didea to fit the irregular ground floor plan
the bush-hammered carrara marble bar counter
the first action was to open up the walls to unify the three elements of the floor plan
the restaurant is located in the historic square of piazza borsa
tables and chairs by pedrali
a table with a prime window view
ground floor plan
location: palermo, italy
design: studio didea
area: 125 m2 (1345 ft2)
contractor: impresa edilsama s.r.l.
lighting: powergreen LED sas – flos
greenery: vivai lo verso
photography: nanni culotta
edited by: lynne myers | designboom