Villasimius, Sardegna, Italia


El Peyote is a restaurant and night-bar inspired by Mexican folklore, where service and live shows are performed exclusively out-doors, around a small building (placed in the full centre of a wide area of about 10.000 square metres) which contains storage rooms and a guest house for season staff coming from Mexico, in the basement, plus kitchen and other services at the ground floor. This whole project has been played upon analogies existing between the popular decorative language of Sardinia and Mexico, both having a common matrix in the Spanish aesthetic culture (grown firm in Sardinia during three centuries of domination). Such analogies have been sublimated and reduced to their least common denominator of colour (bright, solar, violent, borderline with vulgarity), of flora and of a poor, yet creative, use of gaily-coloured re-used ceramic tiles. The whole area is surrounded by an high fencing wall, finished with a rough lime and sand based plaster, which gave the opportunity to create wide surfaces of bright contrasting colours, rows of blind arcades working as background to citrus-fruit plants and their bulging terracotta vases, or simple architectural compositions vaguely evoking works of Mexican architect Luis Barràgan. The most effective feature of such wall is its part facing the main road, through which are cut several square opening of different sizes framing small enamelled white vases which agreeably contrast with the intense blue of the Sardinian sky and the warm shade of red of the wall itself. The dining area is organized under a wide cane-mat roof covering an as large terrace floored with a patchwork of many-coloured surplus ceramic tiles surrounding a central “carpet” of Mexican handcrafted tiles while the extra-large garden, devoted to receive non-eating people, dancing people and shows spectators, is mostly organized as a green meadow where lots of exotic plants and secular local essences are planted.