vaumm arkitektura: basque culinary center vaumm arkitektura: basque culinary center
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




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


conceptual diagram

facade diagram

metal panels of facade

  • Magical. Perfect. Not a wasted inch of space anywhere within this expansive pleasure dome. Expansiveness is a wonderful teacher, especially when it is supported by a solid, disciplined knowledge of basic elements. It seems this entire space understands this, and I can’t wait to eat what emerges from this crazy stacked plate palace of possibility.

    LOVEit. says:
  • another boring surface bling.
    Not one definition of space. Shocking.
    Architecture should put people first

    archic says:
  • miaou

    ImiaouIT says:

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