Text description provided by the architects. The studio was commissioned to create a concept for a Portuguese delicacies shop that would also work as a café. Combining these two complementary functions required the creation of a unique space, that could be as extraordinary as the products the client was proposing to sell and as cozy as a neighborhood café.
The construction works started with the opening of a large shop window, exposing the café to the square, as a preview for a future terrace.
New shelves were carved on the thick exterior walls to display a wide range of products. The bar, clad with typical Portuguese ceramic tiles, divides the working areas from the public space. In the ceiling, laser cut plywood panels; duplicate the pattern used on the counter tiled walls.
The furniture is composed by a set of used hardwood chairs from the old assembly room of Setubal’s Fish Industry Union, together with tables with marble tops from Alentejo.