How A Dark Basement Became A Flamboyant Restaurant With a Colorful Interior

This is the story of how an unused basement space into a South American restaurant in Copenhagen. The transformation was a project by Danish studios BIG and Kilo Design and the restaurant is called Llama. It has a very colorful interior, but not in the way you’d expect it.

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The walls, floor and the stairs of the restaurant are covered with brightly-colored patterned tiles. This gives the space a very dynamic and unexpected look. But the tiles aren’t the only addition to the space. Many changes were made during the remodeling process. Walls were knocked down and replaced by with steel beams and the two-storey space was opened to the exterior and became connected to the street.

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There are four main spaces: a foyer, a large double-height space with a beautiful green wall, a glass-encased volume with south American artifacts and a cocktail bar. The remarkable transformation turned the basement into a chic and inviting restaurant which brings American flavor to the neighborhood. It can seat up to 180 people in three dining spaces. The atmosphere inside is intimate and welcoming and the patterned tiles definitely add to its charm.

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The exotic mixture of cultural heritage items reveals the theme of the décor and suddenly everything comes together beautifully, turning the restaurant into a must-try location. But the interior design is not all focused on the South American traditions. It’s also very much in sync with the Nordic style. Two cultures were wonderfully merged into what it now a flamboyant restaurant with Latin charm and passion.