The Architecture and Transformation of elBulli / From World’s Best Restaurant To Culinary Research Foundation

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Food is as much about architecture as it is the concept of taste. With food comes the sum of its parts to create the whole, the great attention to detail and the emotion of first bite like that of entering a memorable space for the first time.

Jorge Louis Borges says, “The taste of the apple lies in the contact of the fruit with the palate, in the fruit itself, in a similar way poetry lies in the meaning of the poem and the reader, not in the lines of symbols printed on the pages of a book. What is essential is the aesthetic act, the thrill, the almost physical emotion that comes with each reading.”

Ferran Adria, the master chef of elBulli, which has religiously been called the Best Restaurant in the World, has a heideggerian approach to food, cooking, and the physical act of eating. Similar to that as architects with the same heideggerian approach and the concepts of material, making, and the experiencing of space. Like Jorge Louis Borges and heideggerian architects, Ferran Adria crosses the realm of cooking and enters the presence of wholeness of experience. Transforming the traditional means of eating and elevating them to a memorable moment where memory, experience and taste meet.

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Architecture City Guide: Barcelona

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to . We recently featured an engaging video where Wiel Arets half jokingly said is fantastic but boring. He continued to say as soon as Sagrada Família is finished is done; there is nothing left to do there (10:50). Arets can say what he wants about Barcelona supposedly being boring, but our city guide doesn’t reflect this. Barcelona is filled with fantastically expressive architecture that springs from its proud Catalan culture. It was impossible to feature all our readers suggestions in the first go around, and we did not even come close to including some of the most iconic building such as Casa Milà. Thus we are looking to add to our list of 24 in the near future. Further more there are so many fabulous buildings on the drawing board or under construction, i.e. the projects in the @22 district, we’ll most likely be updating this city guide for quite awhile, regardless of Sagrada Família’s completion.

Take a look at our list with the knowledge it is far complete and add to it in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Barcelona list and corresponding map after the break.

Video: Villa Nurbs / Enric Ruiz-Geli

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Enric Ruiz-Geli created the Villa Nurbs in the coastal town at the Costa Brava, .  The mixture of ceramics and plastics try to optimize the surface and structure, which is important for the temperature regulation inside the house. The wavelike ceramic plates decorate the facade and protect against strong solar radiation.

The complex geometry is stabile but adaptable, and the completion of Villa Nurbs will express all Ruiz-Geli’s aim to optimize building resources and to harmonize nature with technology. The energy-saving roof consists of inflatable plastic bubbles.

Video: Studio Banana TV

Media-TIC / Enric Ruiz Geli

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The 22@ is an experimental district in Barcelona, Spain, with a mayor energetic load (District Climate), where the new values of the companies are intangible: they are not based in having natural resources of water, soil, gas, they don’t have real-estate values, retransmission rights (media Pro), they have patents (Indra), they have intelligence, programming and interaction (like the Reactable of Sergi Jorda from the Pompeu), a district, the way Artur Serra from I2CAT and the people form the 22@ say, an urban Lab.

Is here where Spanish architect Enric Ruiz Geli designed this innovative building with a net-like structure, avoiding pillars on the ground floor, introducing the public spaces to the building.

Check the photos Iwan Baan took for Abitare and some drawings after the break.

Villa Bio / Enric Ruiz Geli

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Architect: Enric Ruiz-Geli
Location: ,
Estructure: Manel Raventós
Interior Design: Manel Soler Caralps
Technical Architect: Arantza Garetaonandia
Estructure Constructor: Antonio Diosdado
Installations: Joaquim Ribes Quintana
Natural Roof: Jardines Burés
Landscape Design: Joan Madorell
Glass Work: Cricursa
Glass Rocks: Emiliana Design Estudio
Steel Work: Aluminis Empordł
Visuals: Laia Jutglà
Pavement: Pavindus
Moving Surfaces: Panelite
Fixed Surfaces: Japlac
Project Year: 2005
Photographer: Lluís Ros / Optical Adiction