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Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM

  • 01:00 - 30 December, 2011
Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM
Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra +40

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Sebastián, Spain
  • Architects

    VAUMM architecture& urbanism
  • Project Team

    Iñigo García Odiaga, Javier Ubillos, Jon Muniategiandikoetxea, Marta Alvarez y Tomás Valenciano
  • Collaborators

    Naroa Oleaga, Ander Rodriguez, Architecture PFC students
  • Promotor

    Basque Culinary Center
  • Budget

    17,000,000 €
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The new building that houses Basque Culinary Center the head-office is located in a tangencial site to the Miramon Technologic Business Park. This condition of proximity with the very steep slope of the site assumes the start point of this architechtonic proposal.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

On the one hand the building becomes the icon of the Gastronomic Science University, showing towards the exterior an image based on the technologic and innovation leadership, but on the other hand, it respects and interacts with the scale of the low density quartier where it settles down. It´s because of this dual condition why the building makes the most of the slope to organize the functional programme from the upperside to downside, locating the public areas in the access floor, allowing the speciality of the programme while going down, while entering the building.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The volume takes an U-shape, through which the way down the slope it´s allowed, without forgetting the fact of gaving shape to an interior space through which all the circulations are developed. This way a space full of activity is configured, where all the relationships and interchange take place as two determined elements for the innovation act.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

From a functional point of view, it has to be mentioned that this diagram let organize the use programme in a summarized way, in three groups, one of them related to the Academic area and one another to the Practise area and the last one to the Research area. Bringing together in a vertical way all the spaces related to the Gastronomic Practise area, as the changing-rooms, ateliers, precooking kitchen, access to raw and other kitchens, we get the interconnection between them for people and food in a straight way.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

At long distance the building shows the different levels that give shape to it, comparing its scale to the buildings of the Technologic Business Park, while at short distance the roofs become areas used for cultivation of edible and aromatic plants, almost neutralizing the effect of the building towards the closest semi-detached housings.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

The building expresses itself the condition of the slope as an aspect drawn from the place emphasizing the character of support of the floor structure that are piled up as untidy dishes following the contour lines. As the floor structures are shown as activity supports, the dishes keep the iconographical value as the support of the work developed in the kitchen.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Volume generation

From a conceptual point of view, volume generation is based on the scale work between the iconographical image (piled up dishes) and the building itself.

The artist Robert Therrien (Chicago 1947) handles daily kitchen objects as dish services, pots,.. to uplift them into artistic objects, by means of accumulations, scale multiplications… The plane character of these objects take contrast with their iconographical presence when they assume their new dimension.

The same strategy has been taken to the exterior volume definition of the building, where the Therrien´s dishes will function as daily support of the spaces related to the Technologic development and innovation in Gastronomy. This way we suggest the metaphor that joins Gastronomy and Architecture; the “dish that becomes again the support of the Gastronomy” and the “architectural floor structures that become again the support of the activity”.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM" 30 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/196035/basque-culinary-center-vaumm/>
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29 Comments

Migdalia Rodriguez · February 23, 2014

Somos de Puerto Rico. Estaremos visitando San Sebastian con unos amigos el dia 13 de Marzo 2014.Tengo entendido que The Basque Culinary Center tiene un restaurante y nos gustaria mucho tener esta experiencia gastronomica.Que oportunidad hay de poder reservar?

R. Mercant · May 26, 2013

The Basque Culinary Center creates an enormous light pollution in its neighborhood, disturbing a nearby astronomical observatory. The illumination is part of its architecture, clearly violating Spanish decrete 1890/2008 which limits the light emission of new buildings. How come that the architects who designed this building don't know the relevant regulations? And how come that an institution like the Culinary center, which is mainly financed by tax money, does not comply with such regulations? The Culinary Center is part of a university, and how come that a university does not respect the value and functionality of an astronomical observatory?

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frutodetuimaginacion · March 02, 2012

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Aleisa Mondolfi · January 18, 2012

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Robin Brittain · January 04, 2012

Five-storey Basque Culinary Centre, Spain-entrance top down & each floor meets ground with adjacent slope: http://t.co/8z3HSwv2

Red Wolf · January 03, 2012

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Piotr Ro?nowski · January 02, 2012

Very nice !
But the internal part of the building could be better... (dont like the color/material)
White blocks reminds me gugenheim museum in NY.

And i like it

thomas foral · January 01, 2012

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ebustosl · January 01, 2012

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Gabriel Morales Jordan · December 31, 2011

I thought the same!

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Alasdair Currie · December 31, 2011

The NY Guggenheim with a Twist, interesting Basque Culinary Center buidling in San Sebastian.
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Doug Wittnebel · December 31, 2011

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Santi Domínguez · December 31, 2011

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Nicole Tannous · December 31, 2011

RT| Basque Culinary Center / VAUMM: © FG+SG
Architects: VAUMM architecture& urbanism
Location: Donost... http://t.co/d0TLbzaB @archdaily

Rafael Barea · December 30, 2011

Just great

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