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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

RENFE HEADQUARTERS RESTAURANT in Madrid, Spain by ISRAEL ALBA

 
December 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ISRAEL ALBA

Renfe recognised the need to move the current corporate restaurant, situated above the platforms on Avda. Ciudad de Barcelona, to a new location on platform 6. The objective was updated, functional and representative premises that service the staff of the office buildings situated on these platforms in a distinctive location.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

  • Architects: ISRAEL ALBA
  • Project: RENFE HEADQUARTERS RESTAURANT
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Jesús Granada
  • Project team: Mónica Domínguez (associated architect), Javier Nuño, Zina Petrikova, Ines Steuber,
  • Architect on-site: Lucía Esteban (Ineco)
  • Quantity surveyor on-site: Gema Lanzas (Ineco)
  • Area: 500 m²
  • Client: RENFE
  • Engineering consulting: María Concepción Pérez
  • Builidng services consulting: Solventa Ingenieros Consultores, S.L.P. (Vicente Erguido)
  • Construction company: Bauen, S.A.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

This project proposes a representative two-storey space, which is versatile and flexible, where several services and zones can coexist. This would offer multiple possibilities, with distinguishable areas (café, self-service restaurant and à-la-carte dining room). The proposal highlights the special qualities of the original platform (container). We looked at altering the possibilities of this container to grant a continuous and united interpretation of the space.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

We inserted a wooden box as a kind of surrounding within the original container. This arranges, distributes and qualifies the resulting space. We introduced a stainless steel antique locomotive inside the box, which is the bar self-service and which houses the à la carte dining room above it. This increases the use of the volume of space. On the other side of this antique locomotive, the space retains all of its height to ensure that it is a more representative area. Our proposal seeks to develop what is already there, nothing more. It is a basic operation.

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

Image Courtesy © Jesús Granada

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