Interior Architecture- Small Scale (<5,000 sf)

Project Narrative

In the heart of a nearly desolate development on the Ohio River shines a beacon of Cuban culture and culinary artistry - "Amador."

Amador was conceived with a deep appreciation for the rich heritage and history of Cuba. The aim was to transport diners to the streets of Havana, a space to celebrate both delectable Cuban cuisine as well as the warmth and vivacity of the Cubano spirit.

The vibrant palette was inspired by the lively colors of Cuban streets. Shades of gold, terracotta, and verdant green intermingle, creating a sense of constant movement and celebration. The walls of Amador tell a tale of Cuban life with hand-painted murals of Cuban icons, lush tropical foliage, and vintage travel trinkets adorning the space. Havana’s colonial charm was expressed through a variety of materials such as wood, wrought iron, and vibrant wallcoverings. These materials lend authenticity and texture to the space. A planted halo suspended above the bar creates a focal point reminiscent of the grandiose Cuban ballrooms. Cozy banquettes, tables, and chairs accented with woven pendants evoke the ambiance of a Cuban casa. The curated lighting is soft and warm, providing an enchanting glow.

Amador is an efficient and accessible space. The restaurant optimizes both dining and socializing spaces, accommodating a wide range of guests. Regular events like salsa dancing nights and cigar tastings further diversify the experience.

Amador is not just a restaurant; it's an immersive journey. The soft strains of live music fill the air as the scent of slow-roasting meats wafts from the kitchen. Combined, these elements create an attractive and welcoming atmosphere, a true embodiment of Cuban hospitality.

Amador stands for passion and dedication to celebrating the cultural mosaic of our world. It is a space where the essence of Cuba is not just tasted but felt, where memories are created, and where the spirit of Havana lives on.


Project Details

Submission Category

Interior Architecture- Small Scale (<5,000 sf)

Date of Completion

April, 2023