July 4, 2016 | Updated: October 26, 2018


The 9th PORCELANOSA Group Award Finalists: The origami restaurant by Elena García regarding Forward-looking Projects in the Students’ category

Origami, or the Japanese art of paper folding, was the idea that inspired the Madrid student, Elena García Muñoz, when creating an original asymmetrical and irregular-lined concept-store.

The Origami Restaurant, the finalist project at the 9th PORCELANOSA Group Architecture and Interior Design Awards regarding Forward-looking Projects in the Students’ category, turns out to be the fruit of avant-garde design blending between a contemporary restaurant and the artistic crafted taste of origami. Getting into the Origami Restaurant is like diving into carefully folded paper, an effect which has been achieved thanks to the thermoforming power (in curved sections) of the KRION® Solid Surface mineral compact. Elena García, a Masters’ student in Architecture Project Design and Modelling at CICE, enhanced those curves manufactured with KRION® from the use of LED lights. A combination of lights and shadows which is able to highlight the triangular folding effect caused by the folded paper.

The Origami Restaurant concept-store brings two well-differentiated areas together on its own: the restaurant itself, which is based on the naturalness of the creative eco-friendly kitchen; and the book store zone, in other words, a cultural space which took Elena García Muñoz to base her project on the origami technique. In both of the areas it is worth highlighting the creative use of the  KRION®, the acrylic stone by Systempool, which not only gives shape to the wall tiles, but also materialises the tables in the diners, and the counter or the kitchen worktop, among other elements.

In order to create that link between one part and the other, the student from the Madrid College of New Technologies strengthened the layout of the tables which are spread out right up to the book store zone. Thus, the space is provided with continuity and uniformity by means of the PORCELANOSA Group’s Solid Surface, which allows for the creation of all kind of shapes.

The 1100 KRION® Snow White is the choice regarding the colour, which not only provides the space with brightness and spaciousness, but also intensifies the symbolism of the project with the sheet of paper.

In addition to this, the numerous features of KRION®, such as durability, high resistance and easy-to-clean properties and little maintenance, make this solid surface the ideal material for these type of projects.

Apart from the restaurant area, origami is also present in the book store zone. Nevertheless, it is shown with empty interiors, which results in spaciousness for putting books on display, and furthermore, we can see the large vegetable wall.

By performing a warm pleasant contrast,  wood also plays a very important role in the Origami Restaurant, and this is carried out by means of the inclusion of other high-quality materials from the PORCELANOSA Group. With regard to the flooring, Elena García opted for the laminate flooring by L’Antic Colonial. A design which has also been included on the bathroom walls and ceiling. In that space it is also possible to see the basin from the Basic collection by L’Antic Colonial, which has been manufactured with natural stone.

The predominant white colour in the Origami Restaurant not only comes from KRION®, but also goes hand in hand with the ceramic wall tiles by Porcelanosa. Therefore, in high-humidity concentration areas, such as either the vegetable wall or the kitchen and bathroom wall tiles, one can find textured finishes in leaves and herringbone pattern featuring the Oxo Deco Blanco and The Oxo Spiga, both of them with the same measurements: 31,6x90cm. Gamadecor, on the other hand, is also present in the Origami Restaurant by offering its elegant kitchen furniture designs.

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