Posted on 2020/12/03

Architecture & Interior Design: Nodopía, Arquitectura y Diseño




The project brief arises from the restaurant owners’ desire to bring quality architecture to their customers and to the small town where it is located. This is achieved using traditional materials, such as rustic brick, honeycomb brick, ceramic tiles, wood, wrought iron, ropes and esparto grass, in contrast with more contemporary materials such as polished concrete or acoustic wood wool panels.


Dining room-restaurant Carmelo with handmade ceramic wall


The proposal aims to solve several issues of the existing restaurant restructuring the layout of the space, enlarging the restaurant dining area and the courtyard has been transformed from a neglected storage area into an ‘al fresco’ dining area. This courtyard becomes the main element of the proposal, creating an indoor-outdoor space that brings natural light into the restaurant. The existing well originated the idea of cooling the environment in a sustainable, bioclimatic and attractive way by using one of the most common ceramic elements in the mediterranean construction, the honeycomb brick. By means of a drip irrigation system, water from the well is pumped to the top of the proposed perforated brick screen, this allows water to fall through the perforations of the honeycomb brick. This water humidifies the clay, then when the clay contacts dry air, it takes the necessary energy to change from a liquid state to vapor, which creates an evaporative cooling effect and decreases the temperature in the courtyard.


Dining room Carmelo restaurant with handmade ceramic panels


The interior design has been developed together with the architectural design. The materials, colors, textures, lighting and furniture proposed have been conceived as a whole, giving special consideration to the relationship between the proposed elements. To this end, Scandinavian designed furniture has been selected to work along unique pieces crafted on site, such as the cupboard that serves the restaurant, benches and planters.


Detail of handmade ceramic panel




Sample of different materials used in Carmelo Restaurant




Architectural plan of Carmelo Restaurant

Architectural elevation of Restaurant Carmelo



Datos del proyecto 


Year: 2017

Location: Villarejo de Salvanés, Madrid, Spain

Architecture & Interior Design: Nodopía, Arquitectura y Diseño

Collaborations: Tono Lledó, Eva Lucas Segarra, Cayetano Holguín

Client: Restaurante Carmelo

Contractor: Procolonsa S.L.

Photography: Eugeni Pons

Products: Cerámicas Arcís

Alteret cerámicas

Cuerdas Valero

Carpintería Duet

Culleres Bauzo


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