Las Chicas, Los Chicos y los Maniquís Restaurant, Madrid

Designed by: El Equipo Creativo
For client: HI Partners, Grup Iglesias Floor area: 280.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: Best Use of Colour

Public Score
3.44 Function
3.53 Innovation
3.51 Creativity
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The pink room.

About the Project

Las Chicas, Los Chicos y los Maniquís Restaurant is the Food & Beverage offer of Hotel Axel Madrid. The objective of the design was to create an atmosphere of liberty and diversion with a certain disruptive touch.
The design of the AXEL Hotel in Madrid superposes a series of historic references forming a complex and explosive tandem.
Firstly, the privileged location in the very midst of Madrid´s literary neighborhood.
Secondly, the palatial 19th-century building in which it is located.
Finally, an important role in the design choices played by some of Madrid´s most traditional and popular characteristics. To achieve this atmosphere, colors are applied with different characters and material nature in each zone.
What was originally the entrance divides today the most public part of the restaurant into two rooms. Both spaces are designed under the same concept: a carefree atmosphere with a distinctly colorful character employing large graphic elements of color with references to the ”Movida Madrileña” and the visual universe created by Almodovar, the well-known Spanish movie director.
In the lower part of the hotel, the restaurant has three small interconnected dining rooms where, once again, color is the indisputable principal element.

What’s unique about it

The main characters of this colorful restaurant are the two large red bars presiding over the room. All morning they function as buffet tables for breakfast and as snack and beer bars -- in the purest Madrid style -- during the rest of the day. Colors play a fundamental role in the design of the restaurant spaces. For example the interconnected dining rooms achieve their own personality thanks to the use of a single color: red, green and pink. Their walls covered in textiles as well as the chromatic choices seek to reference the noble rooms of 19th Century palatial homes.
Another important element of the popular culture of Madrid is the classic neighborhood stores with their large window advertisements and attractive names. Sashes, hats and elaborate mannequins fill some of the scarce shop windows still left in this part of the city. Strange as it may seem, Atocha Street has managed to keep intact some of its more classic shops, to which our design wanted to pay sincere homage filling the space with large luminous and vivid posters with attractive commercial names.

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The interconnected colorful dining rooms.

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The connection with the 19th-century palatial entrance and how color plays an important role in attracting and inviting the public to enjoy the gastronomic offer.

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The greenish room.

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The connection between the red and the greenish room.

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The red room.

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This image highlights the importance of colorful geometries in the design of the restaurant.

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The juxtaposition of different colors inside the restaurant.

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One of the red ceramic bar, the open kitchen, and the colorful walls.

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The main space of the Restaurant.

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