Minibar restaurant by José Andrés
Washington DC, USA
- Capella Garcia Arquitectura
- Washington DC, USA
Minibar is something like the anti-restaurant. It is indeed a place to eat, but mostly it's a sensory experience. A mixture between attending a session of experimental laboratory and eat at home of a good friend. On the one hand the high culinary sophistication, and on the other the exclusive comfort of home. Is it possible to combine the two experiences? That is what Minibar design, inspired by the five senses.
In an anonymous corner in central Washington, a small sign announces it discreetly. Upon entering you receive an ablution welcome and start the circuit: a bar where the bar has been "broken" so you can interact with it, overcoming the traditional barriers between customer and bartender. Sophisticated furnishings, formally different offers refuge where taste delicious snacks. Then, through a discreet door, you enter the "kitchen experience": only two tables of organic form to accommodate six people each, facing toward the kitchen, where the chefs will receive and prepare to showcase their culinary juggling . The diner has a show designed to fill the five senses: it smells with the musical sound of plates and trays where the menu is showing mixed. Everything takes place in sight, like a, always changing ephemeral play, under the aura of two illuminating golden domes. Finally, touch and taste also come into play, and you're tasting each of the 35 dishes that have been "born". As a climax you will spend a comfortable seating area to make desserts and coffee, home of José Andrés, where the end point is set to experience to keep it in your memory forever. A space "mini" for a feeling "maxi". Futuristic design and comfortable with playful irony.