Successions of wooden trees cover the diner at A Cantina, the Estudio Nomada project in Santiago de Compostela.
A Cantina is located in Santiago de Compostela and is the result of the union of two independent premises in the building of Archivo of Galicia. The space is divided into two main areas, cafe and shops, where work has especially been done on furniture and lighting in order to achieve the maximum possible harmony with the rest of the building. The two spaces are connected through two open spaces in the wall which separates them. A long counter travels through the wall, interacting at the same time with both areas and allowing the sharing of traditional bars-shops.
The colour spreads along all the continuous bar, drawing geometric shapes that recall the popular Galician artistic manifestation.
According to the architects themselves, the starting point of the project was Galician popular culture, observed from a contemporary point of view. In the cafe area the tables are located vertical in a parallel style, inspired from the canteen, as a model of the traditional Galician establishment.
Outlined images of trees created by architects grow from the tables, recalling the pilgrimage to the shade of cavalry and outdoor meals.
In the store, we have sought the maximum possible versatility, including counters in different dimensions and with adjustable shelves.
The utmost respect to maintain the space and the sense of spaciousness is achieved thanks to the high ceilings and the colour white which is spread throughout, making it possible to feel an atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity as you step into this space.
The project was awarded with the prestigious Restaurant & Bar Design Award 2011, winning the title of Best Restaurant.
Photos: Héctor Santos-Díez