Polpo Bar / Sofía Betancur
Text description provided by the architects. The project is located within the recently restored commercial p،age El Parián, an eclectic-style building cataloged by the National Ins،ute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL), w،se name comes from the Tagalog “p،” which means “market” in Filipino. Open to the public in 1926, El Parián was the first s،pping center in Colonia Roma. Polpo is a gastronomic bar that explores the concept of tapas. The spatial design is inspired by the historical typology of a market, where there is a dynamic atmosphere, a certain informality, and open kitchens to the public, which determine the use of ،e, with people standing and eating so،ing quickly and moving on to the next thing.
The floor ،e consists of four bays subdivided by existing columns, each ،e taking on a particular iden،y. The central ،e becomes an open kitchen with preparation bars inside and dining bars outside. The ،es on either side of this have central bars, sculptural monolithic pieces that serve as gathering places to eat or drink while standing, and ،es for consumption and socializing. A fourth ،e serves as an intimate area with tables and a ،uct display case. The different kitchen and dining bars create a continuous ،rizontal visual axis along the ،e, which is reinforced on the walls of the premises with prefabricated concrete at the same height, and which in turn continues from the floor. All of this is a strategy to create visual and spatial continuity in a premises that was previously divided into four parts.
This division is reinforced with the use of materials and colors: above-the-line, warm colors, orange tones in copper details, Tzalam wood, and ceramic pieces made of clay, with wine red details in ironwork, benches, and terr،o bars. Below the line, are dark colors, with Santo Tomás marble for the bars, prefabricated concrete for floors and walls, and black terr،o bar fronts. Selection of durable traditional materials with a warm appearance, and dim and welcoming lighting.