Clap Studio’s restaurant design transports guests to a sunset dinner on the beach

Located in Valencia in Spain, the new Baovan eatery designed by Spanish firm Clap Studio features a light installation that is evocative of a setting sun.

by Pallavi MehraPublished on : Jun 16, 2022

Isn't there something so liberating and relaxing about dining on the beach during sunset with your loved ones? Valencia-based design firm Clap Studio's aim was to bring that exact sentiment to their new project—Baovan restaurant. Five partners of an artisanal, bao focused food truck reached out to award-winning Clap Studio to conceptualise the interiors of their first brick and mortar restaurant in Valencia, Spain. Clap Studio crafted an immersive restaurant design that transports visitors to a unique sunset setting on a beach. The focal point of the interiors of the eatery is a half-moon-shaped screen, which is programmed to replicate the changing colours of a sunset. This new restaurant is located in a modernist building in Valencia's Ruzafa neighbourhood. The eatery exhibits a neon colour palette and one-of-a-kind light installations that add a fun and playful vibe to the space.

  • The eatery exhibits a neon colour palette and light installations that add a fun and playful vibe to the space | Baovan Restaurant|  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    The restaurant exhibits a neon colour palette and light installations that add a fun and playful vibe to the space Image: Daniel Rueda
  • Clap Studio designed an aesthetically pleasing space that is evocative of a magical sunset setting on a tranquil beach | Baovan Restaurant|  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    Clap Studio designed an aesthetically pleasing space that is evocative of a magical sunset setting on a tranquil beach Image: Daniel Rueda

The Baovan restaurant does not showcase any particular design aesthetic. Instead, the interior design of the space is a result of Clap Studio's creative process and Baovan’s brand philosophy. "Our work reflects three key values—simplicity, elegance and playfulness. Once we start a project, we always try to simplify and reduce the client’s brand philosophy in shapes, colours and materials. At Baovan, the colours transport visitors to different spaces in nature, and the shapes help create a unifying design. With every project, we try to connect with the user, by making them feel that they are experiencing something different and new. At Baovan, our half moon screen is always changing its colours, and showing a dynamic sunset atmosphere," mentions ​​Àngela Montagud, Director at Clap Studio.

  • The new eatery features a green façade, inviting guests to embark on an immersive dining experience | Baovan Restaurant|  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    The new eatery features a green façade, inviting guests to embark on an immersive dining experience Image: Daniel Rueda
  • From the outside, guests discover ‘the forest,’ which is a green porch full of ropes that fall from the ceiling | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    From the outside, guests discover ‘the forest,’ which is a green porch full of ropes that fall from the ceiling Image: Daniel Rueda

The Baovan food truck was launched during the coronavirus pandemic by five founders who had extensively travelled together in Asia, America and Africa. Their brand's ethos is 'beers, beach and baos', which is a reflection of their lifestyle. With the new restaurant, the owners desired a space that reflected this same brand spirit. Keeping this in mind, Clap Studio designed an aesthetically pleasing space that is evocative of a magical sunset setting on a tranquil beach.

  • Clap Studio was established in 2017 by Jordi Iranzo and Àngela Montagud | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    Clap Studio was established in 2017 by Jordi Iranzo and Àngela Montagud Image: Daniel Rueda
  • Once the visitor crosses the forest, and enters the restaurant, he discovers the secret beach depicted by sandy peach hues | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    Once the visitor crosses the forest, and enters the restaurant, he discovers the secret beach depicted by sandy peach hues Image: Daniel Rueda

Established in 2017 by Jordi Iranzo and Àngela Montagud, Clap Studio's goal is to help brands and institutions connect with their customers through unforgettable experiences. "We work for brands and institutions creating products and interiors that fit their essence. Therefore, we are very aware of the need to create experiences that represent the values of the brand, to really connect with the final user in the most honest way possible. Baovan is a brand with a defined tagline of 'beach, beers and baos'. It is a brand created by five partners who love surfing, travelling and going on different adventures. This inspired us to create an interior reminiscent of a sunset on the beach. Our goal was to transport the user to a beach, from where to watch the sunset and enjoy some handmade baos,” adds Montagud.

  • On the ceiling, wavy fabric panels create rolling clouds that filter the light from the sunset| Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    On the ceiling, wavy fabric panels create rolling clouds that filter the light from the sunset Image: Daniel Rueda
  • Inside the restaurant, one side is evocative of a beach and features a sandy peach colour, and the other mimics the ocean with a deep blue hue  | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    Inside the restaurant, one side is evocative of a beach and features a sandy peach colour, and the other mimics the ocean with a deep blue hue Image: Daniel Rueda

This new restaurant is divided into three distinct areas that the visitor discovers as he or she enters the space. From the outside, guests discover 'forest', which is a green porch full of ropes that fall from the ceiling. This space is reminiscent of dense vegetation in a verdant forest. Once the visitor crosses the lush green forest, and enters the restaurant, he discovers the secret beach and its majestic sunset. Inside the eatery, one side is evocative of a beach and features a sandy peach colour, and the other mimics the ocean with a deep blue hue. 

  • The restaurant’s interiors reflects the brands tagline of ‘beach, beers and baos’| Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    The restaurant's interiors reflect the brand's tagline of 'beach, beers and baos' Image: Daniel Rueda
  • The interior design of the eatery showcases a constant duality of colours | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    The interior design of the eatery showcases a constant duality of colours Image: Daniel Rueda

The interiors of the Baovan restaurant showcase a constant duality of colours that gives the impression of taking guests in and out of the ocean. A screen in the shape of a half-moon grabs the visitor’s attention immediately. Conceptualised by Vitamin Studio, the screen recreates the hues of a sunset, and is programmed to match its duration to a typical dinner service. On the ceiling, wavy fabric panels create rolling clouds that filter the light from the sunset, which is in constant movement. This light installation helps create a positive and upbeat ambiance in the restaurant.

  • A screen in the shape of a half-moon grabs the visitor’s attention | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    A screen in the shape of a half-moon grabs the visitor’s attention Image: Daniel Rueda
  • The screen recreates the colours of a sunset, and is programmed to match its duration to a typical dinner service | Baovan Restaurant|  Clap Studio | STIRworld
    The screen recreates the colours of a sunset, and is programmed to match its duration to a typical dinner service Image: Daniel Rueda

"The Baovan restaurant's façade and porch features the green colour of the brand. When you enter, there is a duality of colours, blue and peach, with the aim of taking the visitor to a beach. The visitor can eat in the water or out on the sand. We designed the whole concept as one, even if there are three different zones at the restaurant. We really enjoyed designing the whole experience, and thinking about the user experience from the outside to the interior of the space," mentions Montagud.

The Baovan restaurant comprises one more section—a private dining area for 10 people | Baovan Restaurant |  Clap Studio | STIRworld
The Baovan restaurant also features a private dining area for 10 people Image: Daniel Rueda

Furthermore, the sunset light installation is not only visually appealing, it is a practical solution as well. "The shape of the space was a challenge, as we were faced with a narrow, elongated floor plan with no natural light. We decided to transform the restaurant's lack of natural light into a positive feature. We designed an immersive interior that makes guests feel as if they have stumbled across a secret beach during sunset. In this way, we invite the user to enter and interact with the interiors in their own way," adds Montagud.

The idea of this space is to give visitors the impression of dining by moonlight | Baovan Restaurant|  Clap Studio | STIRworld
The idea of this space is to give visitors the impression of dining by moonlight Image: Daniel Rueda

The Baovan restaurant comprises one more section at its rear—a private dining area for 10 people. The idea of this space is to give visitors the impression of dining by moonlight. Moreover, circular and crescent shapes are repeated throughout the restaurant. These are inspired by the form of the eatery’s bao bread. The shape of an open bao bread is featured in the windows that connect the exterior to the interior, in the lighting installations, and even in the chairs that were designed exclusively for the restaurant by Clap Studio. Therefore, the design firm successfully transports guests to a serene beach setting with the colours and shapes used in the space.

Project Details

Name: Baovan Restaurant
Location: Carrer del Pintor Salvador Abril, 22, 46005 València, Valencia, Spain
Typology: Restaurant
Architect and Interior Design: Clap Studio
Client: Baovan
Light Installation: Vitamin Studio

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