Masquespacio creates an adobe-inspired restaurant interior.

Masquespacio, a Valencia-based studio, added undulating, earthy-toned walls to an intimate Valencia restaurant inspired by Middle Eastern architecture’s “organic forms.”

Masquespacio, a Valencia-based studio, added undulating, earthy-toned walls to an intimate Valencia restaurant inspired by Middle Eastern architecture’s “organic forms.”

Living Bakkali is located in Valencia, Spain, and features entirely custom furniture designed by Masquespacio, a design studio renowned for its use of colour in projects.

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The restaurant’s sloping, sandy-toned micro cement walls add to Middle Eastern architectural motifs such as multifoil arches.

Masquespacio creates an adobe-inspired restaurant interior.
Masquespacio creates an adobe-inspired restaurant interior.

Living Bakkali’s curved arches are designed in various shades of desert-like browns and pinks and are arranged in intricate formations to create intimate seating areas within the restaurant.

But we stayed true to the East’s recognisable brownish hue, but added slightly different colours – such as red – but always in a soft way and through earthy tones, “Maquespacio co-founder Christophe Penasse said.

“Seating in the Middle East is almost always lower and more loungy than in the western world,” he added, referring to the restaurant’s low-slung dark crimson sofas and chairs.

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The space is entered through a central hall connected to the kitchen, which was designed to evoke the sensation of strolling down a street lined with ancient houses.

“Interiors [in the Middle East] are rarely shown from the outside, although arch-shaped windows frequently create the illusion of double walls,” Penasse explained.

Masquespacio designs restaurant that nods to adobe architecture
Masquespacio designs restaurant that nods to adobe architecture

Only cut-out holes in the restaurant’s thick walls create small windows between each table, some of which are tucked away in intimate booths. A private room accessible via a corridor lined with gauzy curtains is among the numerous dining areas.

Living Bakkali, which the restaurant describes as an “ode to adobe architecture,” takes inspiration from this natural building material. Masquespacio states that the venue’s walls were designed to create an adobe effect, which translates as “mud-brick” in Spanish.

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Additionally, the studio designed all floors and ceilings in micro cement to immerse visitors in an utterly cavernous environment reminiscent of traditional Middle Eastern houses.

Masquespacio creates an adobe-inspired restaurant interior.
Masquespacio creates an adobe-inspired restaurant interior.

According to Penasse, Masquespacio’s design process for Living Bakkali entailed an examination of numerous facets of Middle Eastern culture—from architecture and materials to historical modes of eating.

“We became interested in the organic forms found throughout Middle Eastern architecture, which were primarily made by hand with clay materials,” Penasse explained.

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He explained: “We wanted to modernise the [traditional] Arabic aesthetic while retaining its essence.”

Masquespacio was founded in 2010 by Penasse and Ana Milena Hernández Palacios. Similar projects by the studio include Pukkel, an Aragonese restaurant with winding stucco walls inspired by the nearby Pyrenees mountains.


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