Tapa Tapa by Q&A Architecture Design Research

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Tapa Tapa是一家坐落在上海北外滩的西班牙餐厅。在这里,客人可以一边享用创意美食,一边欣赏黄浦江岸的风景。tapas起源于西班牙,是热衷酒吧文化的人群最喜爱的小吃之一。这种西班牙传统美食在世界各地传播已久,适应了不同的文化和生活方式,是餐前小食的不二之选。

▼餐厅坐拥全景外滩夜色,the restaurant has panoramic views of the bund

Located in Shanghai’s up-and-coming North Bund, Tapa Tapa is a Spanish tapas and wine bar in which traditional snacks are re-interpreted and enjoyed with a view. Originating in Spain as a mixture of bar-hop-ping and eating, tapas culture has long since travelled the world adapting to different cultures and lifestyles by offering to fill the gap between afterwork and formal dinner.

▼餐厅内部空间概览,overview of the space inside


In contrast with the looks of both traditional Spanish restaurants and the ubiquitous industrial-chic eatery, Quarta & Armando’s proposal pairs tapas and drinks with colors and textures belonging to the mercadoas much as to Shanghai’s gleaming skyline.

▼餐厅窗外能看到上海天际线,the window of the restaurant offers a view of the Shanghai skyline


▼餐厅座位分布示意图,the table distribution diagram

The strategy defining the space considers two basic modules each affording two to six seats. Each module is conceived as a three-dimensional slice of a Spanish taberna and copy-pasted adapting to the long, irregularly shaped site in order to offer to each table its own unobstructed view on the Huangpu River. The use of few simple materials combined with a color palette based on primary colors offers a naive reinterpretation of vernacular motives. Aggregated in small clusters, the “open rooms” form a miniature village that praises openness and communality.

▼模块化的座位分区,modular seating

▼每个模块设置了2到6个座位,each module affording two to six seats


The steel-framed polycarbonate panels separating each “room” from the next one define different depths throughout the whole space while letting sunlight shine through during the day. On the floor, printed ceramic tiles with custom-made illustrations contrast with the grey concrete flooring. The same principle is then reflected on the ceiling completing the virtual separation of “indoor” and “outdoor” space.

▼用餐区域的天花板与地面都与外部空间区别开来,形成一种虚拟的空间分离,the ceiling and floor of the dining area are separated from the external space, creating a virtual separation of space

▼钢制框架中的聚碳酸酯板将每个“房间”分隔开来,the steel-framed polycarbonate panels separating each “room” from the next one define different depths throughout the whole space

Project information and credits:
Design: Quarta & Armando Architecture Design Research
Design team: Gianmaria Quarta, Michele Armando, Gu Tao
Graphic design consultant: Giuliano Chimenti
Client: Lenbach Group
Location: East Daming Road, Shanghai (China)
Built area: 230 sqm
Completion: May 2019
Photographer: Peter Dixie / LOTAN (lo-tan.com)

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