Cox Architecture designs lively tapas bar with Latin American twist

Cox Architecture designs lively tapas bar with Latin American twist

Cumbia Bar & Kitchen is a Latin American tapas bar and deli situated in Adelaide, Australia. The venue brings together a fusion of South American cuisine, music, folklore and architecture. The interior was designed by a multidisciplinary Australian practice Cox Architecture.

“The intimate bar & kitchen is centrally divided by monolithic concrete rendered counters with an extensively fitted exposed commercial kitchen on one side and casual patron dining to the other. The client and our team envisioned a sophisticated take on the lively and colourful dining culture of Columbia and greater South America. With a fusion of traditional South American patterning and contemporary design the interior features a large green mosaic, wrapping wall and floor, which sets off a textural and tonal contrast against the restored exposed heritage brick work. The suspended overhead steel shelving is set to house and display cascading living plants and South American objects and ornament. The space works almost like a tunnel, sunlit, light and spacious at the Grote Street end, narrowing through the bar area and channelling views and patrons into the life and bustle of the market stalls beyond. Warm, vibrant, natural materials are used throughout. Jungle like, the deep green of the paint changes colour through the course of the day as the light moves across it. Great attention has been given to details like leather bag handles, the earthy finish of the ceramic pendant lights, and the exquisite finish of the rendered bar, which give it, especially when combined with the heritage brick of the larger market, such warmth,” says Cox Architecture

Concrete rendered counters

High stools
Detail of tiles