RITZ CARLTON & GLENFIDDICH
The bar- restaurant Glenfiddich RITZ CARLTON is an allegory to senses and pleasure. As if frozen in time, the space was created to transport us to that moment of sensation, freedom and pleasure which we experience when we pour ourselves a glass of whisky or “aquavitae” -water of life- as it was called in the past. This metaphor is elevated to unknown extremes, as if an enormous sculptured mass of moving liquid passed through giving it life and personality.
With these morphological characteristics the visitor will not be able to relate to any of his\her previous behaviours in public. He\she will react in a more espontaneous and free manner. This bar restaurant, with its open and fluid aesthetics incites the visitor to reinvent shapes and postures from the past. This public “madrileño” space allows us to freely enjoy its organic shapes as in the process of maturing whisky, with its wooden finishing, adding richness in textures, smells and colors, creating an atmosphere that is alive and latent.
Structurally, the space is created by the tension between the diametrically opposite entrances which create an axel or passage way in which one either circulates or remain. This canal, formed by pieces of wood, seems to provoke the laws of gravity and logic, constantly changing the spatial perception as the visitor moves throughout. The space therefore becomes totally fluid and dynamic within a static container.