In Carnal, the concept of street food ranges from issues related to Mexican gastronomic culture to aspects of life in the contemporary city, understanding the street as a gastronomic space and field of experimentation, an apparent paradox that, however, has become a success story.

YEAR 2019
LOCATION Sevilla. Spain
CLIENT Coma Carnal
STATUS Completed
PROGRAM Restaurant
TEAM LUGADERO (Marta Morera, Javier Martínez, Tamara Fernández, 
Pablo Sendra, Antonio Figueroa, Elisa Monge, Beatriz Pavón)

The structures, tools and utensils used in Mexican street food stalls are the elements that have faithfully led to the company’s first taqueria.

In Sevilla, eating on the street is part of its urban and social identity. Restaurant tables have always occupied squares and sidewalks, offering in recent times an increasing variety of proposals brought from all over the world. In 2019, the company opened its first location in one of the most traditional areas of the city, El Arenal. This location establishes a guideline for change in terms of the gastronomic proposal of the area. Reflecting on the potential of street food, the project for Carnal invites to completely rethink its tools and structures, adopting the Mexican gastronomic culture and developing its own version.

Based on the classic street food stall, Carnal allows us to experience first-hand the processes surrounding its production. Its open kitchen, where food is prepared and served to diners through the classic street bar, creates a link between the customer, the taquero and the tacos. This allows direct feedback from customers, being able to better understand their wishes and meet their needs. Therefore, the design of the premises not only covers functional needs, but also reflects the personality of the company, offering, in addition to takeaway food, experiences, stories and authenticity.

In a nod to the avant-garde design of the mid-20th century, and particularly to the work of Superstudio and its “Continuous Monument”, this square magma of constant regularity is deliberately developed in white and red, generating a “artificial landscape”, neutral and with character at the same time. An interior based on regular geometric shapes composed of simple and perfect volumes. The characteristic red color of its furniture, tools and structures serves to insert this place into an urban space as planned and controlled as the center of the city of Seville, attracting the attention of locals and visitors.