South American flavours

Bjarke Ingels Group brings authentic South American inspirations into the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bjarke Ingels Group marries South American inspiration with Scandinavian products and recipes in the design of an authentic restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Kilo have collaborated with Cofoco to create the first South American restaurant Llama in the heart of Copenhagen. The restaurant is the first of its kind in the Scandinavian region and takes its inspiration from Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile, with a menu featuring ceviches, anticuchos, Uruguayan-style meats, tacos and a list of South American spirits.

Llama aims to thoughtfully and sensibly marry the South American inspiration with Scandinavian products and recipes, says Bjarke Ingels Group partner, Jakob Lange.

For years the space that is now Llama was a dark, impersonal basement, now transformed into an open space generously connected to the city. The walls and floors are lined with handcrafted Mexican cement tiles, melding iconic design influences from Latin America with Copenhagen chic.

The interior design carries a number of main elements, including colourful tiles, black furniture, vibrant green walls and brass light fixtures.

From an architectural point of view, I think we have created a remarkable transformation ­­– the main idea of merging two cultures has turned an interpretation of a traditional Latin American vernacular into a contemporary Copenhagen space, says Lange. 

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