POPULAR TODAY ARCHITECTURE

vaumm arkitektura: basque culinary center
original content
jan 02, 2012
vaumm arkitektura: basque culinary center


‘basque culinary center’ by vaumm arkitektura, donostia-san sebastián, spain
all images courtesy of vaumm arkitektura

the ‘basque culinary center’ is the head office for the gastronomic science university and research innovation center for
gastronomic science in donostia-san sebastián, spain by spanish firm vaumm arkitektura. the result of a collaborative venture
between mondragon university and the basque culinary center foundation, the structure will merge the functions of training,
research and knowledge sharing between educational institutions, technology centers, companies and public entities. sited within the
steep slope, the U-shaped footprint emerges from the hill to enclose an open air internal green space of stepped terraces.
the sloping terrain reveals a building volume reminiscent of stacked dinner plates set within the landscape.

five shifting bands bordering each storey conceal wrap-around verandas which allow panoramic views of the rugged scenery.
the roof plane is blanketed with aromatic and edible herbs.


exposed facade resembles stacked dish plates


(left) permeable pavers encompass the building
(right) view of building within the hilly landscape


roof plane planted with herb merges with the hill


entry promenade


U-shaped building footprint creates an internal and outdoor green space


bridge traverses the descending vegetated terraces, connecting one side of the building to the other


lowest of the descending vegetated terraces


wrap around verandas overlook the encompassing landscape


graphic metal panel facade



metal panels at dusk


auditorium


seating


kitchen


vegetated terraces


view towards the lowest terrace


upward view from the lowest terrace


illuminated view of the stacked plates



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2



floor plan / level 3



floor plan / level 4


section


conceptual diagram


facade diagram


metal panels of facade

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library