Madrid-based Zooco Estudio has created a placing restaurant inside the Cantabrian Maritime Museum in Santander, Spain, that celebrates the constructing’s brutalist structure.
The restaurant is ready inside a dramatic vault of concrete paraboloids that had been unearthed in the course of the renovation, whereas a slatted timber ceiling pays homage to the realm’s shipbuilding legacy.
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Santander Bay, the restaurant is situated on the second flooring of the landmark Cantabrian Maritime Museum, which was designed within the mid-Seventies by architects Vicente Roig Forner and Ángel Hernández Morales.
The paraboloids had been an authentic fixture of the construction and supported the roof of what was as soon as the museum’s patio.
The studio targeted on restoring the historic material of the house and reviving the paraboloids, which had been hid for round 20 years, as “a vestige of the previous”.
“In 2003, the constructing was renovated and as a part of this intervention, the paraboloids had been lined with a brand new roof and the house between them and the perimeter of the constructing was closed with glass, producing a lined house the place there was beforehand a terrace,” Zooco Estudio co-founder Javier Guzmán advised Dezeen.
“We needed the concrete paraboloids to be absolutely the protagonists of the house and by eradicating the paint and the coating, the paraboloids are seen once more and regain their full prominence.”
The earlier renovation additionally altered the scale of the house and reconfigured the quantity as a sq..
To advertise symmetry, 4 extra concrete triangles had been added to steadiness out the unique paraboloids within the brutalist restaurant.
Overhead, a false ceiling of slatted timber panels frames the concrete arches.
The studio designed theses triangular boards to reference the association of timber throughout the hull of a ship, a nod to the museum and the realm’s nautical previous.
The panels additionally serve the aim of concealing the restaurant’s mechanical programs.
“The picket slats carry heat and friendliness to the house whereas permitting us to unravel all of the technical wants for air con, heating and lighting, leaving them hidden,” Guzmán stated.
“On this method, we make sure that all these parts don’t intrude with the dialogue of concrete and wooden, that are offered as steady and clear parts.”
The inside structure was largely dictated by the low arches of the elliptic paraboloids that dominate the brutalist restaurant.
“The geometry of the prevailing construction situations the house, as a result of its peak in its decrease half is impractical, so a big bench is organized across the total contour that enables us to benefit from that house and organise the distribution of the remainder of the ground plan,” added Guzmán.
Just like the ceiling panels, the inside finishes and furnishings allude to the maritime historical past that the constructing commemorates.
“The usage of wooden and metal for all of the furnishings is harking back to the supplies utilized in shipbuilding – the furnishings has slight curvatures which can be harking back to the aerodynamic shapes of boats,” defined Guzmán.
“Likewise, the lamps are impressed by the masts for ship sails.”
One other key change was the substitute of the perimeter glass wall.
The inclined glazing was swapped for vertical glass, a choice that reclaimed exterior house for the patio, which stretches the size of the restaurant and overlooks the harbour under.
“Once we are inside, the sensation is identical as once we are inside a ship, there’s solely water round, and that’s the reason we used clear glass from flooring to ceiling, producing a fringe terrace as occurs on boats,” stated Guzmán.
Different initiatives by Zooco Estudio embrace a renovated home in Madrid and a co-working house with a children’ play space in California.
The pictures is by David Zarzoso.
Architect: Zooco Estudio
Building: Rotedama Constructora SL
Lighting: Zooco Estudio
Furnishings: Zooco Estudio