Lolita by Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos

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Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

Spanish studio Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos have completed a road-side restaurant and event space on a motorway junction near Zaragoza, Spain.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

Called Lolita, it aims to rethink the typical pit-stop restaurant and provide flexible facilities for everyone from long-distance truck drivers to local students.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The building features a cluster of white-rendered and timber-clad forms that take their cue from nearby industrial buildings.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

Lolita presents a blank facade to the approach road and car park while the dining areas are arranged to provide views onto a landscape of gravel and trees.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

Photographs are by Miguel de Guzman.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

Here's some more information from the architects:


Lolita, infrastructure for events and meals
Km 45 A-122, La Almunia de Doña Godina, Zaragoza

Roadside restaurants are a rare species within the increasingly prestigious restaurant world. Such places superpose their condition as an infrastructure adapted to the commercial, informational and social flow of the road network on mythical scenarios taken from road movies and literature.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

In recent years, their structures have evolved in order to offer services for large-format events without this having involved anything more than a change in scale.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The project rose to the challenge of changing this trend by building a structure capable of managing a programme subject to constant reorganisation, with the presence of a heterogeneous public and the expectation of diverse uses, a flexible space capable of setting itself up as a scenario for almost any type of activity. The aim was to transform a roadside restaurant into a versatile infrastructure for events and meals.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

Lolita is located in La Almunia de Doña Godina, junction 270 of Autovía A-2, in a strategic position from a logistical point of view between the commercial routes of Madrid-Barcelona and Valencia-Bilbao, just a few kilometres from several towns and in the vicinity of the university campus of the EUPLA.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The building seeks to exploit a variety and mixture of activities, on one hand attending to the different groups of users and on the other to the diversity of lengths of stays, that can go from the 10 minutes spent by the occasional visitor on a coffee break to the lunch taken by the regular patrons that follow the commercial routes, the compulsory rest times of the haulage drivers, the afternoons of the students who take advantage of the Wi-Fi networks or the full day spent by guests at a celebration.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The project is configured as a cumulative space of experiences that, by linking two autonomous and differentiated systems, explores the compatibility of the open-plan model with one of specific and designated spaces.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The soft system configures a continuous space of irregular geometry perforated by patios where the camp-style grouping of furniture and the flexible lighting enable different ways of organising the space.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The interior is characterised by a patterned/semi-perforated concrete slab and by the wood, glass and polycarbonate of the walls. The façade is a variable-section double strip that establishes a dynamic and variable relationship with the exterior space, facilitating the full view of the surrounding landscape while in the interior creating a complex play of reflections and transparencies.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The rigid system is a build-up of specialised boxes made from 8-metre-long alveolar panels and brick walls that house specific and to some extent ritualised programmes.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

In the interior the spaces are customised by combining the criteria of the programme with elements taken from popular culture.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

The system is connected with the surroundings through well-chosen and fragmented vistas, generating a hermetic image that allows the large blind surfaces to be used as a support for road signage.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

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In the project, the grouping of systems builds a new installation in the landscape that accrues images from nearby reference points (industrial premises, greenhouses, sheds, improvised lorry parks, road signs) to expand the concept of a road facility and thus situate it closer to that of a public infrastructure.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

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Architects: María Langarita and Víctor Navarro
Collaborators: Marta Colón, Cristina Garzón

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

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Roberto González, Juan Palencia, Julia Urcoli
Structures: Mecanismo S.L.

Lolita by Langararita-Navarro Arquitectos

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Mechanical: Inés Plaza
Surveyor: Fernando Cornago
Completion date: 2010

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  • http://www.behance.net/mcolombo matteo

    it's ok to be inspired by other's good projects but this is a bit too much.
    Check Hotel Aires de Barcenas by Lopez Rivera Arquitects: http://www.lopez-rivera.com/proyectos/hotelairede

  • Bret

    I thought of exactly the same project, Matteo

  • http://www.facebook.com/zsofi.berenyi Zsofia Berenyi

    @Matteo
    for me it doesn't seem to much, these pavilion-conglomerate-alike layout I also used at my 3rd yer project it's not copyright. I think every 10th architect has at least one some way similar layout project. I really like this project because I'm architect, but also worked a lot as waitress and really can just say well done…..the kitchen is a mashine, rigorous and clean layout, the tables can be organized freely. The structure enables to book partso of the space separately (if you ever seen a wedding in an all-you-can-eat restaurant, you'd know what I mean). Also suits the other project which is a hotel with en-suite apartments I suppose. Bothe are great, the layout is similar, but that logically comes froom the purpose.

  • cpi

    wonderfull, excellent work….

  • Danillo

    @ matteo:
    I can hardly see the resemblance between these projects, other than they both incorporate the cube. Both are examples of boring minimalistic modernism…

  • Murrc

    I guess framing a view is not patented by LopezRivera, not even by Utzon in Can Lis. I guess it's an answer to the surroundings, a long view to the landscape.
    If you are talking about the boxes, more or less the same… It is not the second time ever, and it will not be the last one.
    In the other hand I see a well fragmented interior with different spaces and possibilities for different uses, all around the three patios. I like it, strange colors though, but I like it!

  • http://www.mqs-arq.cl Manuel

    It's like The Shangai's Chilean Pabillion.

  • ztef

    I like the external aesthetics, but on the inside there is hardly anything left of that quiet beauty.

  • Erik

    Inspiration is meant for everybody. It is still a good project no matter where they got inspiration from and how much.

  • james

    It's like Alvaro Siza passed the project on to a girl scout troop so they could decorate the interior.

  • http://twitter.com/jamesbalston @jamesbalston

    Despite all the architectural arguments above, I'd be delighted to see anything remotely approaching this standard on Britain's motorways

  • Redfern

    @Zsofia:

    Whoever books an all-you-can-eat restaurant for their wedding has got what's coming to them…

    So many projects seem a little similar, I do not feel that this particular project is a direct rip-off of another.
    The photos make it look like some quiet outpost in a desert, but I bet in reality with all the motorway signage etc the context looks a lot different and confusing, not quiet and contemplative… same goes marketing signage etc within the restaurant. It's difficult to design an 'architectural' motorway rest stop…

  • http://www.facebook.com/zsofi.berenyi Zsofia Berenyi

    @Redfern
    different spaces bookable are very important for a well managed restaurant space. Anyone who worked in restaurant could tell you that.
    The wedding example was a strong example :) (although once I was really such unfortunate to be invited for a wedding dinner in an all-you-can-eat because of the lack of money the couple had)

  • D Jones

    Great building compared to most roadside restaurants. Quit moaning guys

  • cha

    who knows why the name is lolita?

  • Alc

    oh the Restaurant typeface!! It burns in my eyes!