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‘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


auditorium


seating


kitchen


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


section


conceptual diagram


facade diagram


metal panels of facade

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