A Portuguese restaurant inspired by wineries

Paulo Merlini architects renovates a restaurant near Porto, adding a mirrored surface to expand the space and sound-absorbing ceiling panels for a higher acoustic comfort. 

Located inside a building in Valongo, a Portuguese municipality in the district of Porto, the restaurant renovated by Paulo Merlini architects looks like a winery. The former space, with visible pillars and sanitation pipes, is completed by a series of concrete arches and a mirrored wall that visually expands the room.

Wooden barrels set into the walls and dark material textures make Barril restaurant resemble a classic wine cellar, while pine slats cover the ceiling, 20 mm apart from each other. Combined with sound-absorbing material, these panels improve the sound quality inside the restaurant – as required by the customer – by reducing reverberation by 80%.

Light projectors underline the arched structures and circular chandeliers provide indirect lighting, which can be adjusted as required. 

BARRIL restaurant
Valongo, Gondomar, Portugal
PAULO MERLINI architects
Paulo Merlini, André Silva
Inês Silva, Rita Pinho, Rita Gandra, Maria Tavares
BARRIL restaurant
150 sqm

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