Cumarú Restaurant / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh


Project Area: 1296.0 sqm
Structural Designer: Cristián Delporte
Builder: Constructora Ciappa

The Cumarú Restaurant, located on Nueva Costanera Avenue in Vitacura commune, Santiago de Chile, was born as an assignment regarding materiality. The owners of this restaurant got a big quantity of cumarú timber, which is a wonderful and noble material. The first consideration was to opt, as any of our works, for a unique material. So, the interior and exterior lining of the building, ceilings, windows, floors, deck, and party walls were made of wood.

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A second architectural idea was to bury the building in order to get new levels and higher heights in dining rooms and yards. A rear terrace over a wooden deck was created under the trees with a bar; and a front terrace in front of the street, buried, in order to be protected from the cars but not from pedestrians. A third terrace, covered and protected from the wind, was enabled on the second floor, open to the street and rear yard, where two sofas were located next to a central kitchen, which allows the chef to interact with guests, apart from giving place to cooking classes and events.

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The crystal red sign is the only element that stands out as a fauve, above the wood. The interior acoustics was solved using a perforated steel ceiling. Lighting combines cold and warm elements that highlight spatiality and tonalities proper of cumarú wood.

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Cite: "Cumarú Restaurant / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani" 18 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=255019>

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