Lucas Muñoz designs Mo de Movimiento restaurant interior using waste materials

Mo de Movimiento restaurant interior by Lucas Munoz

Upcycled junk and site construction waste make up nearly every interior element of Madrid’s Mo de Movimiento restaurant, created by designer Lucas Muñoz to be as sustainable as possible.

Muñoz created Mo de Movimiento, which is located on Espronceda Street in a space that had formerly been a theatre and recording studio, through experimenting with designs that have a small impact on the environment but a positive one on their surrounding society.

Mo de Movimiento restaurant interior by Lucas Munoz
The Mo de Movimiento interior is made almost entirely of upcycled junk and site construction waste

The 1,000-square-metre Mo de Movimiento was partly built from 1,700 kilograms of reused construction rubble from the renovation, much of it upcycled into thick tiles that form the restaurant’s continuous bench seating.

Other furniture was reassembled from wooden structures that were already on the site.

A dedicated sustainability team advised on each new acquisition, taking factors such as energy consumption at the suppliers’ production plants and their employment conditions into account.

Internal courtyard of Mo de Movimiento with tables, benches and trees
An internal courtyard was made by removing a roof but keeping existing walls

The restaurant features an internal courtyard that was made by removing the roof of the former recording studio and consolidating its walls with chicken wire, which also has the benefit of supporting climbing plants.

Inside, Mo de Movimiento’s interior walls are partly finished in rough plaster – a necessary addition to make them fire retardant, as Muñoz tried to avoid decorative or superfluous additions.

Inside the Mo de Movimiento restaurant with wooden furniture and lighting fixtures made from upcycled fluorescent light casing
All of the finishes came about through necessity rather than decoration

Some of the elements created on-site include lighting, coiled spring-like radiators made from plumbing pipe, a main door handle made from a bunch of electrical wires and other doorhandles made from Allen keys.

The wall lights are fashioned from standard elements into almost sculptural objects, or made from fluorescent lamp cases reclaimed from a junkyard and rewired with LEDs.

Pizza ovens in a restaurant kitchen hooked up to wiring with lighting rods overhead
The restaurant’s water is heated by a system attached to the restaurant’s pizza ovens

The dead tubes from those lights have been arranged into a chandelier, rewired with leftovers from the LED roll. The lighting elements were attached to the wall or ceiling with rope, to avoid damage if they need to be moved.

The space also features a number of hanging terracotta pots that function as an adiabatic cooling system.

Inside the vessels, the water cools the hot air, which is drawn inside the pots through a ventilation system at the top. A pump at the bottom of the vessels redirects remnant water towards the restaurant’s garden.

The pots are based on a concrete project Muñoz originally completed during his Master in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven and were handcrafted by artisan Antonio Moreno Arias using a 500-year-old underground oven.

Copper spiral radiator and round bulb light fixture on a smooth grey wall
Radiators and lights were made from simple, reclaimed components

There is also a system to heat the restaurant’s water using the energy generated by its two pizza ovens, while filtered water from the washbasins is redirected to flush the toilets.

“This is a restoration project that has taken design as an exercise on re-thinking ways of building,” said Muñoz.

“The result is a project that takes construction, architecture and interior design as an opportunity for prototyping sustainable strategies for production, consumption, employment and supply chains.”

Interior of Mo de Movimiento restaurant with chandelier made of upcycled fluorescent lighting tubes hanging next to a long, high table
Some of the lighting is made of fluorescent tubes and cases that have been rewired with LEDs

He said that his approach with Mo de Movimiento respected the materials involved at each stage of their life cycle.

“All elements are conceived for a life cycle that includes maintenance and repair in their design, as well as takes decay and degradation as elements and variables into the design process,” he said.

“The intervention uses ageing as a resource and the space is conceived to evolve into its final design, allowing nature and human use to be some of the main actors in its completion.”

Muñoz is a conceptual and experimental designer, and Mo de Movimiento is his first interior project. His previous work includes the Tubular chair, which is made from industrial steel ventilation pipes.

Mo de Movimiento is nominated in the sustainable interior category of the Dezeen Awards 2021. Other nominees include the California desert-inspired Bermonds Locke hotel by Holloway Li and the plywood Furniture Pavilion S by Rooi, which was recycled into chairs and tables.

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