In Costa Smeralda, in Sardinia, granite rocks, eroded and shaped by the power of the wind, become architectures to be inhabited. The malleable materiality of the stone is warmed by the sunlight and by the reflections of the crystal-clear sea to dialogue with the lush greens of the Mediterranean scrub.
From these suggestions, the restyling project of the Myrto restaurant in Porto Cervo, curated by studio wok was born. Present for 9 years on the Promenade du Port, the experiential venue, a creative hub that synergistically intertwines food and art, culture and design, becomes an opportunity to pay tribute to the Sardinian territory. Architecture itself thus becomes a tool for narration and dissemination.
The interior space refers to an archaic idea of the Mediterranean: it takes on the features of a cave with sinuous shapes and Sardinian earth tones that render the atmosphere homely and intimate.
In abstract environments – essential and whispered, material and at the same time ethereal – volumes, surfaces and furnishings have distinctive colors that envelop or punctuate, playing with contrast. Wrapped in soft and muted shades that seem to recall the famous Pink Beach of the island of Budelli, a refined palette of greens that stands out is the colors of the vegetation, lit by flashes of red.
The outdoor patio is also transformed into an interior space, an underwater cave with a lightweight roof that reacts to the wind and sunlight, and provides a glimpse of the sky.
“What is the Costa Smeralda, what does its essence consist of? This was the first question we asked ourselves” says Nicola Brenna, architect of studio wok. “Ettore Sottsass said: ‘Architecture is lived in while art is looked at; this is a fundamental difference. Architecture is a physical and sensory experience because you go inside it’; for our project for Myrtho we were inspired by the power of the wind eroding and digging the granite conformations making them become architectures to be inhabited”.
The materials, colours and furniture were chosen and designed specifically for this project, resulting in a site-specific concept, for which studio wok has made use of the collaboration of high quality companies: from Flos lighting to Belca furnishings to refined finishes, such as Zer04 by La Calce del Brenta for the wall cladding, Mapei Ultratop Loft used for the floor and glazed terracotta, in a custom color, by Fornace Brioni.