Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio

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Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio

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  • Project Name: Chido Santa Engracia
  • Practice: MOCA Estudio
  • Products: Hisbalit RAW , RCR DECO , FARO , Cevica
  • Completion year: 2022
  • Gross Built up Area: 300 m2
  • Project Location: Madrid
  • Country: Spain
  • Lead Architects/Designer: Carlos Moles Romero + Adrián Sánchez Castellano
  • Contractors: Grupo Kloos
  • Photo Credits: Asier Rua
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Excerpt: In Chido Santa Engracia, a restaurant designed by MOCA Estudio, their intervention includes insertion of an organizational system based on the concatenation of spaces. The restaurant is segmented into 5 consecutive atmospheres, alternating two types of volumes with distinctive qualities. The first type of space is compressed. The maximum impact is achieved by using 10×10 tiling and sets of mirrors that dilute the limits of the rooms.

Project Description

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
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[Text as submitted by architect] Chido restaurant is located in Madrid, in the Chamberí neighborhood. The project is developed in a 300m2 venue, with 180 m2 on the ground floor of a protected building from 1925. This level is developed on a longitudinal axis that creates a path through the project.

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
© MOCA Estudio
Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
Large mirrored objects to organize spaces © Asier Rua

Concatenation of spaces

The intervention inserts an organizational system based on the concatenation of spaces. The restaurant is segmented into 5 consecutive atmospheres, alternating two types of volumes with distinctive qualities. The first type of space is compressed. The maximum impact is achieved by using 10×10 tiling and sets of mirrors that dilute the limits of the rooms.

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
An infinite space to connect beginning and ending of the restaurant © Asier Rua

The second type is expanded. These salons are covered with cement resins and cutouts on top to reveal a black technical ceiling that enhances contrast. The transitions between them originate from passages. These intersections are characterized by their curved lines and rough texture.

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
These intersections are characterized by their curved lines and rough texture © Asier Rua

Qualification by contrast

Continuity between the spaces is highlighted by constant +2,50 elevation. Above and below that limit, there is a connection between the upper and lower parts by the opposition. On the longitudinal axis, the sequence and contrast between compressed reflective spaces and larger matte ones also evidence the division of uses. In the compressed spaces, the choice of vertical elements and mirrored ceilings distort the perception of the real height in the space.

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
Salons are covered with cement resins and cutouts on top to reveal a black technical ceiling that enhances contrast © Asier Rua

Vertical neons, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and gloss-finished tiling also support the z-axis. In the larger spaces, cutouts reveal an inherited technical ceiling which is covered with a black-painted vermiculite texture. This ceiling contrasts with the beige-toned cement resin salons. All the installations are collected and suspended under the black technical ceiling. The salon’s furniture breaks the beige tone with oak wood, marble surfaces and patterned upholstery.

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
Cutouts reveal an inherited technical ceiling which is covered with a black-painted vermiculite texture © Asier Rua

Singular mechanisms

A series of steel objects are distributed transversally to the spaces. These mechanisms are recognizable by common characteristics. A bar counter and two large tables, one for the private dining room and the other as a link between salons, emphasize the horizontal plane. These surfaces are carved in black marble, while their vertical planes are covered with mirror plates to stay unnoticed. The joints between horizontal and vertical surfaces are filled with a hidden LED that points out its importance in salons.

Chido Santa Engracia | MOCA Estudio
Vertical neons, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and gloss-finished tiling also support the z-axis © Asier Rua

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