Project Brief

Design a masterplan for the elBulliFoundation campus in the coastal city of Roses, Spain

Instructor

Marcelo Spina

Collaborator

Feifei Zhang

Year

2015
SCI-Arc

 

molecular gastronomy

molecular4.jpg

Source: molecular gastronomy network

SOURCE: MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY NETWORK

SOURCE: MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY NETWORK

SOURCE: MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY NETWORK

CONTEXT:
elBulli + Molecular Gastronomy

Opening for only a limited season every year, elBulli was a Michelin 3-star restaurant in Roses, Spain. Its chef, Ferran Adrià, is a master of molecular gastronomy - an experimental cuisine in which physical and chemical transformations of ingredients are manipulated as if in a science lab.

Through this process, familiar foods are estranged from their everyday qualities.

Dishes at elBulli were designed to surprise and enchant. After its closure in 2012, elBulli was converted into elBulliFoundation - a creative campus for researching and developing culinary culture.


projection lines from the sea and coast

 

STRATEGY: Related but Estranged

The campus masterplan takes cues from the molecular gastronomy of elBulli, in which ingredients are estranged from their original state and create a whole new genre of cuisine in appearance and taste.

The monoliths that make up the creative campus possess a familial resemblance to each other. When viewed from specific trajectories from the sea and along the coast, their profiles line up. Large apertures puncture the shapes along the trajectories, framing views through multiple monoliths.

However these familial relations exist only as resemblance. Each monolith remains autonomous.

Compositional trajectories, ryo'an-ji temple, kyoto


site plan - Monoliths arrayed across the site

The strangest of nightmares begin in idyllic dreams...

Uneasy neighbors

FORM: 
Counterpoint

Where the town is intimate and small scale, the monoliths rise up mute and distant. The monoliths sit in constant counterpoint to the site.

Looking outward, voids frame views of the town and landscape. They sit mutely as neighbors. Intentions are unclear but an uneasy relationship  develops.

section - the voids of the monoliths extend into each other, forming a familial relationship

The large voids that puncture each monolith look towards each other, forming a continuous network of gazes that pinball around the site.

voids in the monoliths framing views

FORM: 
Multiple Postures

The monolith mutates its postures when viewed from different angles and under different light conditions. The faceted geometry erodes expressively at the voids, revealing mirrored surfaces.

When viewed at specific angles, the mirrored surfaces reveal a highly expressive moment in an otherwise mute and withdrawn monolith.

monolith viewed from different angles

mirrored surfaces on the monolith reveal an expressive moment in a withdrawn object

study model of the void and erosions

monoliths laid out along the stepped topography

a common orientation to the sea