Coll Coll has created Špejle: tapas from the Czech Republic

Coll Coll,

Jakub Skokan, BoysPlayNice , Martin Tůma,



The Basques call them pintxos and the Spanish tapas. In the Czech Republic they are called “chlebíček” and they can be found in Prague, at Špejle, “Spiedo”, a new restaurant created by the Czech architecture studio Coll Coll, which had to overcome three challenges.

Coll Coll has created Špejle: tapas from the Czech Republic

Spanish and Czech tradition combine to produce Špejle, a new concept restaurant designed by the Coll Coll architecture studio. Špejle means ‘spit roast’, and its special feature is that it serves a typical Czech Republic aperitif chlebíček, like pinchos or tapas.

The architects described how they had to overcome three challenges. The first was solving a puzzle: the space was not designed for a restaurant and the client wanted to serve breakfasts and lunch during the day and cocktails at night. Coll Coll overcame the challenge with a spatial trick that positioned the kitchen in the basement and a 15-metre long bar, where the Czech tapas are displayed, on the upper floor.

The second challenge was keeping up with the client: the speed, the journeys to Barcelona and above all the need to obtain the best at any cost. Last, but not least, the third challenge was to create a natural environment that was not overpowering and was flexible enough to allow experimentation.

Francesco Cibati

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Year: 2016
Area: 280 m2
Design: Coll Coll – http://www.collcoll.cc
Architects: Cyril Pavlů, Krištof Hanzlík, Kateřina Vondrová, Marek Fischer
Photos: BoysPlayNice – www.boysplaynice.com
Photographers: Jakub Skokan and Martin Tůma


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