The first thing you notice is the back wall of the restaurant. There you stand, in combination with other irregular stone walls and brick later, up to four medieval arches – three pointed arches and a semicircular gate, specifically – rediscovered during the process of local empowerment. They are important remains of a Gothic house, when this urban area was inhabited by merchants, shopkeepers, and also a citizen of the local elite, according to the historian Joseph picked Lladonosa. Again, medieval Lleida again surfaced in Old Town.
In addition, the café stays interesting elements corresponding to another stage of his past when he worked as a press between 40 and 70 years of the twentieth century. Driven by editor Paul Guimet, ‘Ilerda Graphic Arts’ published numerous books on subjects as diverse as history, natural sciences, literature, publications and festival programs, posters … Even was a clandestine place of printing and distribution of works banned in times of dictatorship shows its full commitment to culture and democracy. Pagès Editors publish soon a book on the publisher Guimet, as Louis said Farmer, who appreciate the information provided in relation to this historic press Lleida. Large industrial air windows, the old wall covered with white tiles, polygonal pillars and ceilings of concrete with its skylights, editorial evoke the past of this place, also reflected in the name of the establishment.
The successful design of “Printing” is the work of architectural and interior AAIMM (Barcelona). His work ethic just as a creative process and previous research to generate spaces with lasting value beyond the anonymity repetitive and predictable so often depersonalised is present in many areas of our times. http://www.aaimm.es/Intro.html
The Argentinean architect Martin Negri, one of the partners AAIMM explains how to start work on the project discovered that behind the layers of plaster and bricks that covered the back wall of the hotel you could see a stone another wall much earlier. After pruning these later additions could recover medieval arcades now see. Also, removing the plates from the ceiling and the floor of the attic divided into two floors that part of the premises, they harnessed the true dimension of the space available and achieved recover natural light source of large side windows .
It should be added that, according to oral tradition, the site dropped a bomb during the Civil War, so he had to rebuild after the war, which would explain the use of concrete pillars and ceilings as we see now. During the works even found the mummy of a cat and mouse sandwiches, ancient ritual of protection possible.
Rehabilitation and recycling have been two basic concepts of this project, along with other elements that provide innovation such as lighting, tables and chairs, olives … The walls of modern design wooden covered up in reality reused fragments of old beams and planks that were found on the premises during the works. AAIMM material that tried a different and innovative way with very good results. The same happens with some translucent glass windows, restored during the renovation of this space.
We can not finish without reference to the circumstances peculiar to this were the place where he edited the renowned book by Joseph Lladonosa “The streets and squares of Lleida through History,” in which it claimed the value of historical heritage Lleida. A place precisely where it has now rediscovered and revalued items of historical Lleida forgotten and hidden for many years. No doubt good news to be congratulated by to congratulate the promoters, who know perfectly compatible with respect for the heritage of economic activity, demonstrating that historical heritage can generate significant added value, as a business as the inhabitants and visitors of the city.