Fogo,”fire” in Brazilian, is a restaurant with two distinct gastronomic proposals - Boteco Fogo offering popular Brazilian cuisine; and an upper floor where Alquimia Fogo offers avant garde Brazilian cuisine - that create two spaces that are conflicting but complementary at the same time.
The layout of the ground floor was clearly a determining factor as its public exposure was limited by its long, narrow shape and the presence of an elevator (lift) on the façade. It was decided that the service and communication elements would be grouped together in order to make more space available and that they would be enveloped in a rhythmic latticework of wood which, strategically illuminated, would serve as the required reference to fire.
On the outside we are met by a two story atrium which houses the lift and vertically connects the two Fogo´s. Once inside, the bar and the staircase accompany us along the ground floor, introducing the “fire effect” to the site and blurring the limits between the interior and exterior spaces.
Inside, the walls are covered with a mixture of prints with vegetal and geometric textures, creating an explosion of color reminiscent of Brazil. Wooden frames elevate these elements to a more artistic level and help us relate them to different pieces of the furniture which are also made with the same dark grained wood.
In consonance with its carefree atmosphere, the bathroom of Boteco Fogo offers a humorous reference to the guest, taking him or her to the most profound reaches of the Brazilian jungle.
On the upper floor, we find Alquimia Fogo, offering cutting edge gastronomy from the Brazilian avant garde. Its dishes are creative compositions full of textures and colors which we wanted to highlight as the protagonists of a global experience, enveloping them in a very white, ethereal space.
White textured fabrics hang at different levels creating a continuous, light, vertical wrapping effect. By means of the low illumination and the superposition of different fabrics, we achieve subtle variations within the range of whites, adding rhythm and depth. The wrapping allows us to make out the activity going on in the kitchen, which is situated in the center of the dining area.
The references evoking the world of Brazil are subtle shadows of vegetal elements which dot the hanging fabrics, creating an abstract landscape that combines and entwines with real, dried vegetation.
Within this light, sheer wrapping, the round tables become the principal protagonists in their intense tones of wood and carefully illuminated and decorated with vegetal details.
Arriving at the bathrooms, the landscape changes once again. The elements of water – represented by textured glass - and fire - represented by golden, lit Wood -combine as in alchemy, creating a space of great warmth.