Serving traditional seafood since 1967, Tres Encinas is a landmark restaurant in downtown Madrid, at a location that particularly exemplifies the deep socio-cultural richness of the city.
When Autoban was commissioned to redesign and refurbish the restaurant’s interiors, the designers opted for the space to reflect this unique quality of Madrid in a contemporary tone, while adhering to the Arts & Crafts tenet of staying true to local materials. This approach was predicated through generous use of materials such as wood, glass, metal and custom-printed glazed ceramic tiles in four types, whose arrangement and combinations narrate four different tales of fishermen and life on the sea all throughout the restaurant.
The floor, as well as the ceiling above the bar, is covered with classic wood parquet, a soft trompe l’oeil forming flat cubes that appear three- dimensional. The ceiling above the dining room features bespoke metalwork, which demonstrates a strong Art Nouveau influence. As vertical graphical elements, the surfaces of the grand French doors connecting the main dining rooms are decorated with largely horizontal patterns, underlining the relationship between the materials, metal and glass. An iron staircase connects all levels (two floors + mezzanine) of the restaurant, and the pattern on its banisters echo the pattern of the façade’s balcony railings hinting at a notional union of interior and exterior.