Alma Latina. Torino, Italy
Located in the neighborhood of San Salvario, Alma Latina is a restaurant part of a new movement in Turin (Italy). Inspired in shapes, colors and concepts of the old and new Latin American style, it was the product of a countdown work. MG2 ARCHITETTURE in collaboration with Quattrolinee created an urban Latin American atmosphere by using the representative materials and graphics of the South America's cities in a smart way. The corrugated metal normally used in the slum and the street art that is growing nowadays, together with the neutral colors of the restaurant, generated an unique composition that identifies Alma Latina as one of the kind.
Customers walk into an open space with an industrial steel bar in the middle also defined by the reused sphere lamps. The suspended mdf circles with packaging symbols personalized the place while new light bulbs attached to black cables dangle from the ceiling. In the other two spaces the corrugated metal were used as vertical surfaces for Latin American's collages and stencils creating a new Tapas corner and a secondary room. A strong concept, an accurate materials choice and a closed relation between architecture and graphics design created an easy-going atmosphere perfect to allow the food speaks for itself.