Modernity, simplicity and elegance were key to the designer’s scheme, both given the fairly compact nature of the space, and in tribute to the industrial atmosphere of the restaurant’s environs. The biggest challenge faced by the design team was the client’s strict time frame and low budget and in fact, the project was completed at a cost of MOP $320,000, approximately US $40,000. This included a new commercial kitchen, a new 40-seater dining area, cash register, new HVAC system, toilet facilities, furniture and the exterior facade. The team has brought to life what was previously an empty shell, opting for a ‘grill-inspired’ aesthetic – combining a charcoal color scheme with some warmer colors and materials in order to create a comfortable dining experience. In lieu of the traditionally bland choice of drywall, the team selected murals of the city’s pre-industrialized vistas to decorate the walls. Leaving the ceiling mostly untouched due to the amount of existing utility, the dropped cloud ceilings have two purposes: to mount the HVAC equipment and to create a uniform lighting distribution as opposed to using fluorescent lights.