Architect Ernesto Bedmar had previously converted an unused alley into a loft. As it started to deteriorate, he had the idea to transform the space into a high-design restaurant called El Papagayo. The site is under eight feet wide and around 105 feet long.
Bedmar worked with CAPÓ Estudio to refine the interiors. The existing concrete slab ceiling was replaced with glass to let natural light enter.
The design team preserved one of the original brick walls, which dates to 1870, but created a modern contrast by covering the other wall in smooth concrete. A sculptural piece by Santiago Lena hangs from the ceiling.
The space is also adorned with timber cladding, as seen on the entry door.
Bedmar was inspired by the small spaces he had seen while living in Hong Kong and Japan. The restaurant's minimalist facade clearly contrasts the historic architecture around it.