The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant, Santander

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Restaurant MMC in Santander

10 January 2024

Architects: ZOOCO ESTUDIO

Location: Santander, Cantabria, Spain

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander Spain

Photos by David Zarzoso

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant, Spain

Zooco, winner of the Architecture Masterprize 2023 award in the “Small firm of multidisciplinary interior design” category, proudly introduces its latest completed project: The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant.

The MMC restaurant Santander

Located on Severiano Ballesteros Street in Santander, Spain, the restaurant was conceived as part of an architectural complex that also includes an Oceanographic Center designed by Vicente Roig Forner and Ángel Hernández Morales, built between 1975 and 1978.

The MMC restaurant Santander

The original building consists of two square bodies connected by a canopy, with a concrete structure. The interior is distributed over three floors around a central courtyard covered by a vault of paraboloid membranes.

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander Spain

In 2003, a renovation and extension was carried out which included the extension of the west façade and the roof of the terrace with a pyramidal aluminum structure, thus altering the initial conception of the building.

The MMC restaurant Santander

The project provides the museum with a new space on the second floor to house its restaurant and terrace. To accomplish this, the project involved the creation of a new volume that provides a solution to the pathologies present in the roof and façade of the building.

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander Spain

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander Spain

The square morphology of this volume is the result of the addition of 4 triangles that regularize and complete the paraboloids of the original building, thus directing the protagonism towards the interior to the rawness of these concrete paraboloids. In a sense, the geometry becomes a recovered element, a vestige of the past, and the protagonist of the interior of the restaurant. Treated as an artistic element, the triangular wooden false ceilings frame it.

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander

The exterior features a glass box seeking maximum transparency (nuanced by textiles in the form of curtains, depending on the orientation), allowing expansive views of the extraordinary landscape of the Bay of Santander, lending to a feeling of being at sea.

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander

Restaurant MMC in Santander, Spain – Building Information

Design: ZOOCO ESTUDIO – https://www.zooco.es/
Building construction year: Between 1975 and 1978.
Zooco’s project and construction year: 2023
Area: Indoor: 570m2 Outdoor: 350m2

About Zooco
Zooco is an architectural studio founded in 2009 by Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, and Sixto Martín Martínez, architect graduates of the School of Architecture of Madrid. The studio covers a wide spectrum of activities from a design perspective, from large-scale buildings to furniture design, with solutions adapted to their clients and their needs. The studio is also renowned for its use of a timeless language, a hallmark of a its perpetual search for new challenges.

The Cantabrian Maritime Museum restaurant Santander Spain

Photography © David Zarzoso

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Location: Santander, Cantabria, Spain

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