|Project Name||Brutus||Posted in||Restaurants, Design, Interior Design||Location||
2 Carrer de Robert Graves
|Telephone||+34 971 178220||[email protected]||Completed||2022|
|Official Website||Brutus Restaurante|
Located in Palma de Mallorca, Brutus is a new Italian restaurant that forms part of an urban revitalization project that aims to revamp El Terreno, one of the city’s most emblematic neighbourhoods that has fallen into decay over the course of the last decade. Spearheaded by the Fluxà family, owners of Mallorcan footwear brand Camper, the project centres on Plaza Gomila and entails the renovation of seven buildings by architects GRAS and MVRDV, one of which houses Brutus on the ground floor. Barcelona-based studio Sandra Tarruella Interioristas drew inspiration from the property’s brutalist architecture, which the restaurant takes its name from, designing a dynamic, unpretentious space where exposed concrete surfaces are softened with timber elements and accentuated by vivid splashes of colour. Enveloped in glass, the interior’s sombre palette of grey hues is balanced out by the lighter tones and rich vegetation on the outdoor dining terrace.
By leaving the building’s concrete structure exposed, the designers have imbued the restaurant with a sculptural sensibility underpinned by the dominant grey hues, the juxtaposition of smooth and rough textures, and most of all, the playful geometry of a waffle slab. The use of Ipé and Teak wood for tables and banquettes, both custom-made for the project, and wall and ceiling cladding in select areas softens the brutalist aesthetic of the exposed building shell without upending its raw, unpolished aesthetic, while dark blue mosaic floor tiling delineating the dining areas and orange painted steel beams subtly accentuate the grey colour scheme.
Separating the dining area from the open kitchen, three monolithic concrete counters are conceived as performance spaces where patrons can see the food preparation in action. The orange-painted pizza oven offers another focal point while the open-plan configuration means that the kitchen is visible throughout the restaurant. In combination with the folding patio doors that envelop the space, the open-plan layout also allows the interior to seamlessly spill out onto the outdoor dining terrace when the weather is good. Filled with planted carob trees, a native tree chosen for its robust appearance, rich foliage and sweet fruits, the terrace amplifies Brutus’ laidback cool vibes as well as offers a verdant oasis amid Palma’s urban landscape.