The brief required the remodeling of a small store, located in an anonymous double storeyed building in the midst of a consolidated area of services in Santiago, Chile, into ‘Suco': a cafe specializing in the preparation of smoothies, sandwiches and soups. Largely conserving the existing structure, a few critical changes were made to contribute to one final intention.
A system of awnings was created to demarcate a spillover for the cafe into the chaotic vocabulary of the street. A pair of metallic stairs was used to further draw attention of the pedestrians into the interior of the cafe.
The interiors are set in white to allow an automatic accentuation of the color of the meals and drinks as well as of the objects that contribute to the branding of the cafe. The restrooms are also realized in monotone – light blue for men and pink for women.
A back-lit fabric bathes the space in soft light whilst bringing it together into a single unit. The breaks in the fabric are simply exaggerated representations of the structural beams that are concealed by it.Location: Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Designers: 57 STUDIO | Maurizio Angelini, Benjamin Oportot, Sebastián Espinoza Project name: Suco Restaurant
Site area: 125 square metres
Built-up area: 75 square metres
Cost of construction/execution: US $18,000
Photos: 57STUDIO Year: 2005