The project assumes the challenge of building with minimum means a beautiful place with enormous functional requirements. It must be able to be used independently or together with an existing previous space with which it shares access. The materials, humble, are used in such a way that they reach their best expression. They remain, in some way, elevated. With them, a warm and delicate atmosphere is obtained that admits diverse activities. Kitchen school, work space, events and television shoots are possible thanks to the mobility and versatility of the facilities and the furniture elements that organize the space.
overall view of the space ©Alicia Macias
Six years ago a first cooking school was designed and built on the outskirts of Madrid. The space acquired some relevance, and soon became too small. The owners bought the adjacent premises. This second school had to be able to function as a single space with the previous one, or as two separate areas; each one had to have its own identity, but at the same time be recognized as members of the same family. The access would be unique and they would share toilets and air conditioned facilities. From it, one could access the closet and the new shared toilets. Iron and glass doors would acoustically isolate both spaces. The interior walls are tiled with thermo-clay blocks. This decision resolves in one material the isolation and the internal coating. Some of these walls are plastered with a black plaster applied directly, without masonry. The concrete structure is left exposed and the ceilings are lined with chipboard.
simple space with part of the walls composed of clay blocks ©Alicia Macias
In front of this container, hard, the wool curtains solve the privacy and acoustically condition the premises, avoiding reverberations. In the space, diaphanous, three elements are arranged, all of them movable or detachable. A work table, made of black sanded steel plate, with wheels, houses the kitchens. In it, the working plane is solved by a single piece of stainless steel of 5mm. thickness. Next to the table there is a plate counter that serves as a bar during the events.
work table with stainless steel surface in the kitchen ©Alicia Macias
plate counter which could be used as a bar table beside the work table ©Alicia Macias
closer view to the plate counter ©Alicia Macias
wool curtain resolves privacy and acoustic requirements ©Alicia Macias
Finally, next to the façade, there are two specifically designed tables. Solid oak planks are supported by two black lacquered steel bushes. They can be quickly dismantled and this is what excites the owners. The rest of the support elements are placed next to the walls. Natural varnished steel structures resolve the placement of appliances and storage, a shelf of iron plate and mirror, a bank of stained spruce plywood, upholstered benches … all simple and economical. The light, diffused, illuminates and qualifies the interior. An iron and glass window makes it possible. Outside the brickwork is laid out carefree, and painted dark grey. The geometric control and a huge economy of means give this space its own beauty.
wooden tables close to the wall which can be quickly dismantled ©Alicia Macias
Each element has been designed using everyday materials that are expressed in a direct and sometimes new way. With all this, a delicate, discreet and silent atmosphere is achieved.
plan ©Plantea Estudio
elevation ©Plantea Estudio