Lisbon. A restaurant in the historic district of Alfama shows existing structure and installations

Raw wood furniture and refined details characterise the renovation project by Portuguese architect António Costa Lima in the capital’s historic centre.

António Costa Lima, Restaurante Gosta do Castelo, Lisbon, 2018

Renovated by Portuguese architect Antonio Costa Lima, the restaurant is located in Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon and the centre capital’s mass tourism. Featuring a dense network of alleys, stairs and squares, the old town extends from the estuary of the river Tejo to the Castle and is the ideal place to get lost.

The Restaurante Gosta do Castelo is therefore designed to be an oasis for tourists lost or wandering aimlessly, where you can drink a good wine or taste some arroz de marisco.

The Portuguese architect designed a seemingly shabby and informal environment, which mixes poor elements with refined details. The project highlights the old steel and wood structure, which becomes the main element of the interior.

António Costa Lima, Restaurante Gosta do Castelo, Lisbon, 2018
António Costa Lima, Restaurante Gosta do Castelo, Lisbon, 2018

Floors and wooden doors have also been preserved. The interior is completed by raw wooden chairs, stools, counter and furniture. Installations are not hidden and, on the contrary, become a significant and recognisable part for the definition of the restaurant’s informal character.

Restaurante Gosta do Castelo
António Costa Lima
Design team:
Gonçalo Ghira, André Ribeiro, João Almeida, André Cunha
1,000 mq

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