After an initial tour of the building, the designers realised that the location for Ibérica Leeds had unique potential and this influenced their design priorities. After exploring every corner of the place, what they could put where was carefully planned.
Starting with the cocktail bar area, the studio used the atmosphere of the bar itself to make customers feel immediately at ease, with the wood, leather, carpets and a dog-shaped ground light adding to the sense of charm.
Next to the cocktail bar is the main dining area. Filled with natural light and delicate landscapes on the vaulted ceiling, this room really shows off the majestic space. Guests dine beneath a large lamp in the middle of the room which acts as a protagonist, while the hanging screens, textiles and paintings are reflected across the walls.
The kitchen area can be seen from the tables and this is where the magic happens. The exclusive private dining room exhibits the homogeneity of the walls and makes the decor through the wall hangings, giving the space a little more presence and adding a touch of distinction.
On the opposite side of the building is La Bodega, Ibérica Leeds’ very own in-house delicatessen and wine bar offering a menu, wine list and a large selection of Spanish cheeses and cured meats.
Offering 150 covers over three floors, Ibérica will also have a sumptuous private dining area on the first floor, offering a choice of dining options to visitors.
Accessed through a separate entrance and facing out onto the street, Lazaro Rosa Violan wanted to make it the most Spanish element of the establishment. Treating it like an old wine cellar, the light woods, the posters alluding to the brand and the deli shop’s own resources show the colourful atmosphere of the product.
Ibérica Leeds has been designed to create the atmosphere of a large house where one can have different experiences depending on which part of the space the customer is in.