La Gondola Trattoria

La Gondola Trattoria, Gothenburg, Sweden Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
La Gondola Trattoria, Gothenburg, Sweden Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen

LA GONDOLA TRATTORIA

Hidden away behind plasterboards in the ceiling was a lovely glass dome from the 1930s. After careful restoration, the dome once again lets the beautiful light spread across the restaurant.

PREPHASE

From aug 2013 to july 2014 I was an Architectural Assistant at Stylt Trampoli. However, bringing knowledge with me combined with a steep learning curve I quickly gained greater responsibilities. In the first assigned project, I got to create a stand-alone coffee bar and by the time I was 3 moths in, I was trusted to lead my own project, the legendary restaurant La Gondola Trattoria. Situated in Gothenburg’s main street Avenyn it got to continue it’s legacy.

MY ROLE

I picked up the old drawings of the protected building. Unfolding, I will never forget the initial confusion where the sections clearly showed a dome, but on site visits didn’t. Hidden away behind plasterboards and old ventilation systems since at least 30 years, in the ceiling was an amazing glass dome from the 1930s. After careful restoration, the dome once again lets the beautiful light spread across the restaurant and revealed its built in potential. 

In this project I had a general overview of the architectural work, splitting it between the team members and led the overall creative work. I drew most drawings ranging from general materials down to all custom made furniture. This included choosing materials and interior items in close collaboration with the rest of the team and leading meetings with the contractors along with site-visits to check the result against drawings and also assuring the quality.

THE CONCEPT

When creating the concept we, at Stylt, went back to La Gondola’s core values of authentic Italian hospitality and traditional Italian cooking. We looked at current trends and found inspiration in contemporary Italian restaurants in New York, London and Paris. The idea of an “urban trattoria” was born, where “urban” refers to vibrant city life and “trattoria” to a more relaxed and less formal dining experience. By creating this new concept, we found a way to communicate La Gondola’s history and heritage in a fresh and modern way.

The chosen interior design involves original details mixed with modern elements. A lot of attention was given to details, enhancing the feeling of a trattoria. As an example, stylish wine bottles and food products were put on display rather than stored away behind the bar. In order to create the unique floor, we researched classic Southern European mosaic patterns and interpreted these in a new way by combining mosaic tiles and wooden flooring, where the first was custom made for La Gondola.

Concept text from Stylt

La Gondola Trattoria, Gothenburg, Sweden Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
La Gondola Trattoria, Gothenburg, Sweden Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen
La Gondola Trattoria, Gothenburg, Sweden Photo: © Erik Nissen Johansen