Can a contemporary reimagining of the storied Flash Flash restaurant in Barcelona, designed by architects Federico Correa and Alfonso Milá in 1971, make a statement 50 years later? The answer to this question is a resounding yes, according to the team at Llamazares Pomés Arquitectura, who designed the city's new Croma by Flash. Though Croma by Flash is heavily inspired by Correa-Milá's design, it stands alone, marrying contemporary aesthetics with vintage accents, including Leopoldo Pomés' recognizable "Flash" girl images.
The evolution of photographs—from flash to film to print—informs the design of the entire space. Yellow and grey hues, similar to those seen on a Kodak film roll box, catch the eye in all directions. "Although Flash Flash was considered daring in its use of black and white, ignoring even shades of grey, with Croma by Flash, it is precisely the shades of grey that become the focal point, together with the yellow color," says Iván Pomés Leiz, cofounder of the firm. "As an homage to the 60s, the bathroom features a typical chromatic range characteristic of the era: violet, green, orange, red and greyish-blue."
The irregular proportions of the building's structure on Barcelona's Avendia Diagonal, such as its excessively high ceilings, led the team to posit inventive solutions. They used geometry and lighting to warm the space, installing seven roof-lights that divide the dining area and lower the ceiling height while emitting a warm orange glow, similar to that seen in photography developing rooms. Each roof-light also features a combination of mirrors, enlivening the backlit figures within them, which seem to jump into action to capture a shot. But the real showstopper is the movement of light. Nearly every surface features a white gloss finish, from the walnut wood bar counter to the stainless steel rings on the facade, enabling light to reflect in infinite ways and, ultimately, create a new experience for diners every time they visit.