A wave of colour and warmth instantly washes over anyone stepping over the threshold of the striking Llama “Restaurante Sudamericano” in Copenhagen, the first in the region to offer the a Latin American dining experience. The project by Lars Larsen (Kilo), Jonas Hartz (Hz) and Jakob Lange and Bjarke Ingels (BIG) has turned what was once a basement devoid of personality into an open space able to stretch out towards the city. Colourful hand-decorated Mexican tiles embellish the floors and walls throughout the eaterie, which features black furniture lit up by brass ceiling lamps and black structural elements with a post-industrial flavour.
“From an architectural point of view, I think we have created a remarkable transformation – the main idea of merging two cultures has turned an interpretation of a traditional Latin American vernacular into a contemporary Copenhagen public space,“ says BIG Partner Jakob Lange.
Kilo founder and Head of Design Lars Larsen echoes Lange’s observations: “Llama is the product of a strong creative team with an ambition to create a strong social space in a span between South America and Copenhagen – the flamboyant and the understated merging to create a restaurant with an international feel rooted in Scandinavian heritage.”
The Llama restaurant, which belongs to the Cofoco Group, is able to welcome up to 180 people over two sessions per evening, and is divided up into three areas, with the beating heart of the venue located in the bar area. An interesting, successful fusion experiment that brings together the ambiences, fragrances and flavours of Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Mexico with predominantly Nordic products, recipes and character.