zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids

cantabrian maritime museum restaurant in spain

 

Architectural practice Zooco Estudio introduces its latest completed project, the Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant located on Severiano Ballesteros Street in Santander, Spain. The newly opened dining space was conceived as part of an architectural complex that also includes an Oceanographic Center designed by Vicente Roig Forner and Ángel Hernández Morales, built between 1975 and 1978. The original building consists of two square bodies connected by a canopy with a concrete structure. The interior, meanwhile, distributes itself over three floors around a central courtyard covered by a vault of paraboloid membranes. In 2003, a renovation and extension was carried out, which included the extension of the west facade and roof terrace with a pyramidal aluminum structure, thus altering the initial conception of the building.

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
all images © David Zarzoso

 

 

zooco’s concrete revival within an existing building

 

The the Cantabrian Maritime Museum provides the museum with a new space on the second floor to house its restaurant and terrace by Zooco Estudio (see more here). To accomplish this, the project involved creating a new volume that provides ‘a solution to the pathologies present in building’s roof and facade’. The square morphology of this volume results in the addition of four triangles that regularize and complete the paraboloids of the original building, thus directing the protagonism towards the interior to the rawness of these concrete paraboloids. In a sense, the geometry becomes a recovered element, a vestige of the past, and the protagonist of the interior of the restaurant. Treated as an artistic element, the triangular wooden false ceilings frame it. Moving on to the restaurant exterior, the architects featured a glass box seeking maximum transparency (nuanced by textiles in the form of curtains, depending on the orientation), allowing expansive views of the extraordinary landscape of the Bay of Santander, lending to a feeling of being at sea. 

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant by Zooco Estudio

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
the space is part of an architectural complex that also includes an Oceanographic Center

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
a brutalist vaulted roof takes over the design

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
the geometry becomes a recovered element, a vestige of the past

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
the architects featured a glass box seeking maximum transparency

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zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
the Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant is located in Santander, Spain

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
outdoor terrace

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zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
warm lighting engulfing the brutalist interiors

zooco crowns cantabrian maritime museum restaurant with a vault of brutalist pyramids
nighttime view

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project info:

 

name: Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant

location: Santander, Spain 

architecture studio: Zooco Estudio @zoocoestudio

team: Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, Sixto Martín Martínez

photographer: David Zarzoso | @david_zarzoso

indoor area: 570 sqm 

outdoor area: 350 sqm 

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