TXALUPA GASTROLEKU RESTAURANT-El Equipo Creativo
Photo credit: Adrià Goula
Address: Fermin Calbeton Kalea, 3, San Sebastian
Client: Gastroleku Group
Floor Area: 190 m²
Photography: Adrià Goula
A Bar, a Club and a suggestive red staircase… colour helps us differentiate them while connecting with the neighbourhood's maritime essence.
The project began with a pintxos (small tapas) bar in the old part of San Sebastian, which had to be transformed entirely due to a change of ownership, without losing part of the essence of these traditional pintxos bars, with their long bars full of exposed tapas and their lively and casual atmosphere.
The bar is located on Fermín Calbetón Street, a classic street of pintxos in San Sebastian. This street literally connects to the port. The small fishing boats still dock to La Bretxa market, the old fish market in the city which still maintains the use of gastronomic market. Its old name, Txalupa is how the small and colourful fishing boats are called. The name became an opportunity to talk about the essence of this neighbourhood which is inseparable from the sea.
The bar on the ground floor has been designed with a clear reference to the port and its colour. The water of the port of San Sebastian, with a certain depth and calm, acquires a dark greenish hue, which becomes the main tone of the space. The curved wooden bar references the txalupas, both in its tones and in its materiality.
The handmade ceramic pieces, designed specifically for the project, helped to introduce an aquatic effect through its intense turquoise colour, its imperfections and its brightness.
As a colour counterpoint, ropes were introduced which is a typical material in traditional fishing nets. These strings helped giving some privacy and personality to the tables. At the same time, they provide contrast to the depth of the turquoise background thanks to their light and warm tones.
In the basement, an antagonistic space needed to be created: a small private club, with a nocturnal and sophisticated atmosphere where selected snacks and cocktails are offered. Our design finds inspiration in an old boat cellar where the warm golden wood-tone envelops us, in contrast to the blue maritime floor.
The connecting stairway between the two spaces becomes one of the main protagonists of the project. Due to its symbolism, a narrow and mysterious tunnel tinted with red light helps the place to attract customers in search of a more nocturnal and forbidden experience...