ANJO SOLTO PINA (Authors: Ana Rolim and Isabella Trindade)
1st Place Award, Commercial Space Category, in annual competition by New Center of Professional Architects and Designers from Pernambuco (Novo Núcleo PE), Brazil
The trendy Anjo Solto restaurant, located at Galeria Joana D’arc, a legendary landmark in Recife's nightlife, is renovated to integrate the access corridor and a former annex to the remaining spaces. The design aimed to create a striking aesthetic built with simple components that would result in a unique spatial experience, reassuring the presence of the restaurant in the loggia where it is located
The focus was providing customers arriving from the semi public loggia of a commercial building, which was occupied by the restaurant at night and used by shoppers during the day, with a clear perception that they would be entering Anjo Solto. In order to achieve this we applied the feel of movement through a set of ceiling-hung plywood fins, dyed in red, in a random, wave-like pattern.
All building materials and finishes used were as organic as possible, including: locally produced cementitious floor tile, cementitious surfacing over restroom walls that was prepared at the site and applied by local artisans; aged pine wood panels dyed in black coating and a custom made faux-leather sofa for the new lounge. The use of local building materials and finishes helped sped up construction time.
As we always seek to integrate other art forms into our projects, we used enlarged photographs by Alessandra Botelho applied as adhesives to thin pvc boards on the corridor, lounge and restroom walls. These images were intrinsic to the project and room uses. In the main corridor, a photograph of a person running on a rainy day, for example, restated the our idea of movement.
The project was featured on AU issue 224, an important magazine in circulation throughout Latin America, which highlighted up and coming architecture in the NE region of Brazil.