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Albert Adrià’s ingenuity, together with the sensitivity of RCR Arquitectes and NEOLITH’s technology, have joined together to create an amazing gastronomic project that is truly spectacular in terms of gastronomy, design and innovation.

 

A project in which NEOLITH has had the privilege of joining - being one of these key pieces - providing its technology to achieve the desired design and final appearance of the new and anticipated Haute Cuisine gastronomical project of Albert Adrià: ENIGMA.

 

To this end, the renowned RCR architects team - winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize - has been in charge of designing and creating a multidisciplinary space based on several surreal premises that capture the main purpose of ENIGMA: to surprise and create an unprecedented mysterious experience that you will discover below.

 

Albert Adrià: The Gastronomic Laboratory

Catalan chef and pastry chef, and brother of the renowned chef Ferran Adrià, Albert has 3 Michelin Stars (for Tickets, Pakta and Hoja Santa), 5 Soles from the Repsol Guide (3 for Tickets, 1 for Hoja Santa and 1 for Pakta), and numerous other awards. Albert Adrià is regarded as a creative genius when it comes to designing dishes. In 2015 he was also named Best Pastry Chef in the World by the Restaurant magazine which publishes the prestigious 50 Best Restaurant list.

 

El Bulli, Inopia Classic Bar, Lolita Taperia, Tickets, 41º, Pakta, Bodega 1900, Niño Viejo, Hoja Santa and Heart, are the names of some of his famous restaurants. With ENIGMA, Albert now completes his proposal of avant-garde gastronomy in the Paralelo area (Barcelona) where most of his restaurants are located, in the well-known “Adrià District”.

 

RCR Arquitectes: The Design

RCR Arquitectes is the Creative Architecture Studio founded by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramón Vilalta, which has just been awarded with the 2017 Pritzker Prize.

 

After 30 years of experience, they continue to maintain their enthusiasm for contributing to spatial experiences and impacting human feelings in both public and private environments, with their particular focus on the beauty of nature. A poetic abstraction in which natural features take centre-stage, as reflected in well-known works such as the Les Cols restaurant, the Tussols-Basil athletics stadium and the Alberca, and outdoor spaces such as “La Vila” of Trincheria which already form part of their genius collection.

 

RCR also has a multidisciplinary team of workers and their own collaborators, such as Pau Llimona, one of the Studio’s regular architects and the cornerstone in the creation of the ENIGMA concept.

 

 

Neolith: The Tecnology

Born in the last decade, NEOLITH is a revolutionary product category called Sintered Stone, designed and manufactured by TheSize to effectively respond to the most demanding architectural and interior design needs.

 

The Sintering Technology that TheSize has developed to create NEOLITH, replicates the process by which natural stones are created throughout thousands of years in matter of hours, by exposing the raw materials to extremely high pressure and temperature. All this together with a revolutionary digital printing decorative technology named NDD (Neolith Digital Design), exponentially increases the possibilities in terms of designs (rich in details) and finishes offered to perfectly replicate the original design.

 

The result of this entire process leads to a Sintered Stone in large format and minimum thickness with physical and mechanical characteristics that have never been seen before in architectural materials. Its striking designs and superior technical characteristics make it an ideal material for indoor and outdoor applications in commercial and residential areas such as countertops, flooring, cladding, façades, and furniture.

 

Enigma Concept: The Expected Result

ENIGMA is Albert Adrià’s newest gastronomic proposal that he has been working on in the latest years to create his dream.

In order to make this a reality, Albert commissioned RCR Arquitectes to completely create the restaurant and give life to a multidisciplinary space of 700 square meters.

 

An experimental space and a challenge for NEOLITH, as a key piece in the design and production of the entire wall cladding for each room, floorings and even countertops, kitchen hoods, and also applications such as bathrooms and bars. A design that is born from the watercolor painting done by RCR and that NEOLITH was able to solve through arduous hard work, replicating a fully customized design in the slab with connotations of colors, intensities, cuts and individual effects that are combined at the same time with the rest of the materials and decorative elements used as furniture and lighting.

 

For NEOLITH it has been a project with unprecedented technical complexity which has marked a before and after in the history of the company due to the fact that each of the floor slabs are different from one other and they fit together like a puzzle, in order to represent the watercolor drawing on the whole of the restaurant floor.

 

From here, it has been possible to create a unique and homogenous scenery in the different spaces where the diner enjoys this mysterious experience over two and a half hours, in which they travel through the different environments, savouring the mastery, creativity and genius in every dish.

 

Albert has a young but expert team of professionals for this adventure, lead by Oliver Peña, Cristina Losada and Marc Alvarez, who bring this unique experience to life for a maximum of 24 diners during the daily dinner service; an experience which never lacks the element of surprise, its menu being a real enigma that begins as you enter the large door located on Sepúlveda street which is accessed via a booking code.

 

Welcome to the wonderful ENIGMA world!