While we’re still waiting to get our first taste of Jaleo, we did get a small appetizer of what Disney Springs’ newest addition will look like when it opens its doors.
Disney Parks Blog showed off a rendering of the restaurant’s interior. The freestanding two-story building, designed by Spanish design firm Capella Garcia Arquitectura, is inspired by the artichoke, a vegetable native to Spain. The “petals” form pergolas that will open up to the outdoors. A unique feature of the building is that it has no solid walls, opening it up to the outside with massive windows that will show off an impressive view of the lake nearby. A central courtyard will visually connect the floors, while a citrus-inspired color palette will help show off paintings and photographs from Spanish artists and photographers.
Juli Capella, principal for the design firm, expressed her enthusiasm for the project:
“There are no cubic forms, no opaque walls, no straight lines: here reigns a plant-like organicism with its dynamic forms. An avant-garde, expressionist and welcoming architecture.”
We also learned that Jaleo by José Andrés now has a scheduled opening in early 2019, within the next few weeks. The restaurant was expected to open in late 2018, though there was no reason given for the delay.