Memory by Carlos Pereda Iglesias
and Óscar Pérez Silanes


Young Spanish architects Carlos Pereda Iglesias and Óscar Pérez Silanes have completed a dining hall and kitchen for a gastronomic society in Medina de Pomar in the province of Burgos, Spain.

Called Memory, the project is to be used for private social events.

The long, rectangular main space frames views to the east and west with glass walls and there is a terrace at one end.

Three smaller volumes arranged along one side contain toilets, a pantry and storage.

The exterior is clad in tiles with some wooden panels.

Photographs are by César San Millán.

Here's some text from the architects:



The basic program reflected in the definition of an area, which housed the activity that takes place in a gastronomic society ... cooking, living, dining, talking, looking, enjoying as long as it was flexible enough for different times and that could be followed with an outside terrace to expand it.

There was also to be necessary space for tools, plus a toilet and a pantry.

The definition of a field marked the following minimal constraints: first, was at the end point of a development outside the village of the township, situated on a high plain with distant views to the east on the historic town, on the other, pedestrian and road access was located only on one side, and finally had an irregular geometry of a relatively landscape on the east/west.

Other constraints were related to compliance with current regulations, which broadly defined heights and setbacks.

The proposed organization of the program draws a very clear, almost synthetic, may be defined as a scheme, the overall space available is elongated in the direction of the plot landscape looking east-west orientation and the distant views of the historic city, which next to the outdoor terrace then prepared with the same cellblock emphasize the longitudinal trace of the proposal.

The remaining areas, it hangs as appendices reflecting the same program unit.

The general space, is closed on its east and west sides by two large panes of glass without woodwork, recessed with respect to the perimeter of the building, looking for a side two covered outdoor visual, almost physically, with the interior and another benefit from the guarantee of optimal orientation and the effect that light has on its inner envelope.

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The organization of space becomes a clear and resounding volumetry, becoming important choice facing material.

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On one hand, tile, available in both on deck and walls, almost forcing the continuity of general space volume and its annexes. This decision does show the volume as a shell irregular, a form of origami.

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In this scheme of composition and organization, the sides perpendicular to stress this idea and closing of glass and parquet iroko, seeking the views and opacity where it belongs. It is folded flat to "capture" outer space, making it habitable but leaving to continue with the calling external architectural tempered by the will.

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Perhaps the most important decision of the project and gives the building its final personality is the choice of materials: the natural end is the common denominator of the elements that are the volume and we understood that precisely suited to the concept the original idea of the property and that the proposal sought.

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The tile as a coating, texture, color, material irregularity and its expression contributes to the work that level of abstraction endowing a character with differentiation and volume as the trace of memory takes typological popular in the area. Reinforcing this compositional scheme closures all have wooden flooring, camouflaging mobile between the fixed panels, making the geometric texture accounts for the natural counterpoint to the abstract composition by volume.

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The move towards the interior of moving from textured to smooth, as scheduled to the level of ambient light in the light surround, space to the views generally targeted. 

Inside and in continuity with the outdoor spaces are covered sides opted for a durable material, the exposed concrete in floor and ceiling and socket ceramic and plaster. Special mention, it requires the timber panelling, striatum, which encompasses the front that gives access to the annexed areas, such as formula and composite materials to avoid disturbing the purity of the general space space where only the size of the kitchen recognizes the end of the same . The volume of the bath, is perforated by a courtyard, which gives their primary needs, ventilation and privacy and gives you that extra complexity of the general volume.

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Project: Space for a gastronomic society
Location: Palencia street 10 | Medina Pomar Burgos |
Authors:Carlos Pereda Iglesias & Óscar Perez Silanes arquitectos
Rigger: Juan Ruiz Cuevas
Client: Gastronomic association los condestables
Budget: 138.000 E
Area (m2): 156,67 m2 built
Furniture: furniture artisan design - Pereda Perez architects
Howe chairs

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Posted on Tuesday October 27th 2009 at 2:02 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • pp

    The tiles are very nice, but I wonder why the extruded form with an open end is so popular. What does this particular form do that is so great?
    Honest question…

  • Because it’s a simple and balanced shape. And, as I said before, simple is beautiful!

  • sullka

    Really nice, I can see 1 more volume added to it, and it’s a house.

  • Can’t help myself, but I can vividly imagine a bunch of friends sitting around the table having a good laugh or a nice party – especially here in Ireland, where we get so much rain it could be very handy.

  • daily spread

    stunning design: yeah, i think ‘simple is beautiful’ describes it perfectly :)

  • Nsilva

    Nice shape but in my opinion the room lacks atmosphere… feels to cold at least in the fotos.
    I would rather take my friends to a busy rustical spanish rest where I can more easliy imagine myself having fun with them in the company of good wines and paella!

  • curb

    yes, simple is beautiful. but really what is so beautiful is that, ironically, simple is extremely complex. each decision by the architect needs to be precise, perfect and justified.

  • pp

    My beef with the extrusion is that it is a pretty non-architectural form. Why strive towards two dimensionality in a building?

    This is one of my favorite buildings so don’t talk to me about simplicity ;-) but the non-architectural non-sculptural cut tube I cannot understand.

  • pp

    eh… links appear to be scrubbed

    Lewerentz flowerkiosk is one of my favorite buildings not the one above.

  • Gollumpus

    So, who wants to sit in the middle up against a wall?

    The space may be cold, or simply complex or what have you. It looks cramped. It would have been better to have at least another foot of space behind the folks facing the kitchen area.


  • luxor

    i dunno with you but the english explanation kinda complicates that very simple, pure form.

    it needs to be proofread.

  • ste

    a house like claudia schiffer… beautiful but boring (to live in)

  • 00

    uhm lovely space. but the design of the kitchen is awful. The sink is the wrong way round you, half the time you have to have your back to your mates sat waiting for the food, very social. where do you try out food techniques you could do at home like make icecream or Sous-vide. thought the whole point of this place is to cook and experience food of the highest order , why does the design of the kitchen area not seem to reflect this?

  • gafoso

    It’s not located in Palencia, but in Palencia Street in the village Medina de Pomar, province of Burgos,

  • student101

    the design is simple and well thought out but i wouldnt want to use this as a open kitchen/dining area, maybe another useage would have made this more successful?