Completed in 2009, Restaurant 560 occupies 80sqm of an old building’s street level in Lisbon’s city centre. The interior is divided into three disctinct zones – the shopfront and entry, dining space in the middle and a service area at the back. The existing building presented a challenge with a heritage stair dividing the dining area in half. To address this, João Tiago Aguiar arquitectos strategically used three distinctly different materials to delineate each zone and, in turn, unify the divided dining space.



The restored shopfront and entry is wrapped in white lit marble which welcomes guests on arrival. The dining space is skinned in OSB which is occasionally perforated and lit from behind. The service area wall is clad with striking Portuguese black tiles.

What I really love about this interior is the way the entry is celebrated and treated as it’s own event – there is a definite transition from the street, through the entry, into the restaurant. I also love the unusual mix of marble, raw OSB, and super beautiful, ornate and glossy wall tiles which provide an arresting visual crescendo at the end of the space. Committed use of these three contrasting materials gives the restaurant a very unique edge.

See more projects on Yellowtrace with OSB joinery/ interiors.


[Photos by FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura, via João Tiago Aguiar.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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