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Bala Perdida Club restaurant

EL EQUIPO CREATIVO | OLIVER FRANZ SCHMIDT, NATALI CANAS DEL POZO Y LUCAS ECHEVESTE LACY, ARQUITECTOS

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The authors of this project, starting with the goal of transforming the existing space into an establishment of a somewhat clandestine nature, end up building a near-mythological place filled with optical illusions.

Concealed in the subsoil of Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras district, today the city’s meeting point and nerve centre, the underground premises of a restored 19th-century mansion housing the Axel Madrid Hotel contained two cave-like, vaulted brick spaces. It is in this provocative and secret spot where the Bala Perdida Club (Good-for-Nothing Club) is located.
The project is based on two design premises: on one hand, the unique features of the place –two underground vaulted spaces clad in exposed brick; on the other, the one stated above: a nightclub sufficiently versatile to operate as a snack bar and cocktail bar in which rapid mutation would be possible and where the scene could change quickly to go from a warm to a dark atmosphere.
Given the need for transformation and the clandestine ambience, the architects imagined a near-mythological and fantastical space in which magic and optical illusions had to have their place.
The project’s key aspect was the use of two central elements.
On one hand, two facing mirrors were installed in the ends of each one of the longitudinal spaces. This produces an optical effect known as an “infinity mirror”. By facing the two mirrored surfaces in parallel, the reflection of one in the other consequently causes this reflection (the image of the vault) to turn into something infinite and the vault to multiply infinitely, becoming a tunnel without end.
Another point of prominence is light and colour, which become the guiding threads of the project. A longitudinal lamp of Dynamic Digital LED strips was designed for the vault axis, embedded between suspended ceiling panels acting as acoustic absorbers and which, integrated into the lamp’s design, change in colour and speed according to the different dynamic programs to adapt to the different scenes of the establishment. Moreover, the bar counter is also a feature within the design and the lighting, since it represents a vertical lamp made from orange-coloured RGB LED strips as the base and support of the fan of colours hanging from the ceiling lamp.
With these two elements the two spaces of the Bala Perdida Club adapt to the ambience of each given moment, more relaxed in its reserved corners with their continuous sofas and much more feverish in the frenzied rhythm of music and light.



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Localización Location: Madrid. Spain. Diseño interior Interior Design: El Equipo Creativo | Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo, Lucas Echeveste Lacy, arquitectos. Arquitectura y gestión del proyecto Architecture and Project Management: GCA Architects. Diseño gráfico y Senyalética Graphic and Signage Design: El Gallinero. Promotor Developer: HI Partners, Grup Iglesias. Constructora General Contractor: Avintia, El Corte Inglés División Empresas (interiorismo). Fecha de finalización de la obra Completion date of the works: 2017. Fotografía Photography: Adrià Goula.Localización Location: Madrid. Spain. Diseño interior Interior Design: El Equipo Creativo | Oliver Franz Schmidt, Natali Canas del Pozo, Lucas Echeveste Lacy, arquitectos. Arquitectura y gestión del proyecto Architecture and Project Management: GCA Architects. Diseño gráfico y Senyalética Graphic and Signage Design: El Gallinero. Promotor Developer: HI Partners, Grup Iglesias. Constructora General Contractor: Avintia, El Corte Inglés División Empresas (interiorismo). Fecha de finalización de la obra Completion date of the works: 2017. Fotografía Photography: Adrià Goula.
Contact
El Equipo Creativo
Barcelona
http://elequipocreativo.com/
OLIVER FRANZ SCHMIDT

NATALI CANAS DEL POZO

LUCAS ECHEVESTE LACY

Photography
Adrià Goula
Barcelona
www.adriagoula.com