The small place where this T. Cooking Workshop takes place is located in the center of Seville, on Boteros Street, a place that refers to the traditional sale of boots for wine. The constructed area of 59 square meters has an approximate shape to a square, with three holes towards the street and a small patio that allows a moderate light input.
The SOL89 study proposes a unique T. Cooking Workshop, where everything refers to the central smelting shaft that is presented on the premises. The project seeks to create a space where to try different recipes and, at the same time, a place to teach gastronomy courses or tastings. This premise leads to generating a common space between diners and teacher / cook, where the community component is present in each element.
Inside the shell of the brick factory load-bearing walls, a new wooden element is inserted that gives rise to a negative space and a positive one. Together with the pre-existing limits are the storage, cleaning and office areas. On the other hand, in the positive space, inside a large central wooden screen, the workshop activity itself takes place.
Cooking Workshop by the studio SOL89 creates a new atmosphere within a small room through geometry and materiality
The new place of the T. Cooking Workshop is wrapped around the foundry pillar. A structure of ash wood with a concentric shape emphasizes centrality. SOL89 achieves a clear reading of the premises, where residual or minor uses are relegated to the interstice space.
As you look up, the curved face of the screen dematerializes, leaving only the battens that serve as a structure. These battens escape to the foundry pillar recreating an atmosphere that surrounds the room.
The T. Cooking Workshop is completed with a large circular table of different types of wood, all extracted from the streets of Seville: orange tree, robinia, cypress, meliá, olive and grevillea. The table is the floor of the hands, as the philosopher Gustavo Bueno quoted and to which the architects refer. This table serves diners and students as well as the chef himself. It embraces the central point and allows to accommodate its height according to the cooking or tasting acts that are given.
The T. Cooking Workshop project can be understood as an installed architecture rather than a built architecture. The way of staying inside the existing architecture allows the reversibility, contributing one more layer to the memory of the place without perpetuating itself in it.
Photographs by Fernando Alda.