El Mirador del Rio by César Manrique
Lanzarote, known for its volcanic, lunar landscapes, was the birthplace of César Manrique, and is home to some of his most inspiring architecture.
The architectural café, el Mirador del Rio, was designed in collaboration with the architect Eduardo Cáceres and the artist Jesús Soto.
The stone structure fits perfectly into the surroundings and the organic bright white curves provide a pleasing contrast.
Located 475m above sea level, on the heights of the Risco de Farama cliff, the Mirador del Rio offers a breathtaking panoramic view. Manrique’s objective – that visitors loose themselves in the spectacular landscape of the island – was definitely achieved !
From the outside, the building blends completely into the landscape thanks to the locally sourced volcanic rock with which it was built.
Inside, César Manrique’s characteristic white walls and organic curves make the building welcoming, inviting us to linger in the space.
Plants are arranged everywhere; on the walls, hung on ceilings.
The wrought iron sculpture hanging from the ceiling was also designed and made by César Manrique. It illustrates birds and fish: like the landscape of Lanzarote.
The windows and openings are designed to both let in the light and to highlight the views of the Chinijo natural park and the Risco de Farama mountains.
Read more about César Marique and his other buildings on the island of Lanzarote :