The Balfegó family, red tuna fishermen and distributors worldwide, needed a gastronomic space to promote red tuna as a quality product and make the brand known to the general public. The space becomes an important element of communication, where each of the 3 differentiated zones reflects a different aspect of red tuna and its capture.
In the BLUE ROOM, a large translucent curtain outlines the deep undulating space, where a school of fish swims over our heads, transporting us to the depths of the sea. Within, three big bars float as swimming tuna, while around them tables with varied organic forms resemble its different cuts.
The RONQUEO ROOM is a dining area where “ronqueos” (traditional manual dissection of tuna) should be held every so often. A dark ceramic wrapping converts the room into a clean aseptic space, perfect for these events. The irregular trapezoidal ceramic pieces reference the skin of tuna and where specifically designed for the project and fabricated by local ceramist. Large dark red boxes serve as a color contrast and connection with other spaces, as kitchen or exterior.
On the upper floor, the two connected PRIVATE ROOMS are inspired by the meat of red tuna. A wood with reddish hues and visible streaks creates a warm cozy atmosphere. The material counterpoint is given by golden metallic sliding doors. But the indisputable protagonists are the large reddish wooden tables which form the subtle outline of a golden fishbone.
In the BATHROOM, a white shiny mosaic ceramic piece with a nacre effect was used to create an enveloping skin, referencing the ice in which red tuna is usually presented. And as a counterpoint the washbasins, in an intense red and organic shape, referencing again the product and its cuts.