Sobremesa restaurant is located on the ground floor of the eighteenth-century Palazzo Isnello in the historic Piazza Cassa di Risparmio, better known as “Piazza Borsa”. There are also other buildings overlooking the square, including the one designed between 1907 and 1912 by Ernesto Basile and one built in the Fascist era, which hosted the ancient Banco di Sicilia.
Originally, the place was a suitcase shop, provided with three non-communicating units, and an irregular plan with a mixed type of masonry in non-optimal conditions.
To create a unique space for the new destination the first design action was to gut the thick walls and consolidate the construction.
A flowing development of the new plant has been defined, from the entrance to a succession of micro-environments with large views of the square that define perspectives and light effects.
Blue and gray of the walls continue on the ceiling, to emphasize the continuity of the space. This concept is also taken up in the bathrooms, where the materials – the gray Kerakoll resin, the Mutina Azulej Trama tiles, and the Bush-hammered Carrara marble for the washbasin – emerge as strong and minimal aesthetic signs. On the other hand, the solid oak flooring runs along the entire surface of the room, and thanks to the flush wall alignment of the black base, it seems to continue even under the thick masonry, which seems to float.
A block of bush-hammered Carrara marble, which acts as a counter, rests on the solid oak flooring which, thanks to a with a straight side-by-side installation, runs along the entire surface of the room.