This restaurant’s pre-existing glass display window, framed by a strip of marble, was the departure point for the architectural project by Lisbon-based studio DC-AD.

DC.AD, Deli, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
This shop covers 25sqm on the ground floor of a building located in the Príncipe Real neighbourhood in the historical city centre of Lisbon. The ground floor functions as an area for serving clients alongside a small kitchen. Additionally, on the lower floor, there are the sanitary installations and a small storage facility. From the store’s exterior, there is a glass display window framed by a strip of marble that extends around the existing openings. This feature is one of the few remaining original features, which gets replicated along the street to frame the shop windows in the adjoining buildings.


This pre-existence was the departure point for the architectural project. In an attempt to enhance it, within the same logic, the architects designed its extension through the interior. This new piece both accompanies the design of the openings as well as defining the transition between the interior and the exterior of the store through its mono-materiality. Taking advantage of the depths of the wall and up to the height of the existing window, this also included a long table with views of the street running along its entire extent.

DC.AD, Deli, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
DC.AD, Deli, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
With the objective of dowsing the stairway in natural light, they proceeded with the demolition of the wall separating the main area, replacing it with an emptied structure made out of metal and white net that rises up to the ceiling and thereby divides the two spaces. The placement of this shelf defined the positions of the service counters that run parallel to the facade, thus rendering them more visible from the exterior. This further integrated a running leather padded bench spanning the longest wall in the space so as to correspondingly maximise the number of seats while occupying the minimum possible area.
DC.AD, Deli, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016
DC.AD, Deli, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Deli, Lisbon, Portugal
Program: restaurant
Architecture: DC.AD – Duarte Caldas
Design team: Madalena Fezas Vital
Graphic Design: Thisislove Studio
Client: Pedro Carvalho
Area: 25 sqm
Completion: 20016

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