Project 4: "What's Cooking?" (Final Presentation)



With the deadline no more than 20 hours away, I write to explain to myself what I am trying to get from my design. I really hope that I will have a good presentation board etc. Some might argue I already have enough, but I am really not certain about the details that might make my presentation board and ideas booklet special in the sense of creating an interest in the people reviewing my work.

This has been the longest project I, we, first years, have had so far in Architecture school. Personally, I have learned a lot. Not only about architecture, but about the way I work, and the way others work. And that sometimes designs really do not come naturally; especially with stairs. Stairs are sometimes a pain, but when they work, with simplicity, they aid the whole design, and probably make it stronger.


Dark House - Cookery School

My Cookery school design is based on a grid, which relates to the steps on the site: these are roughly 600mm, and so is the grid that forms my building. A 600mm x 600mm grid is the basis of my design and it defines most elements within the building. When one enters the outdoor space, one encounters the grid in several ways. The black sandstone cladding of the two first floors follow this grid. Likewise do the windows. The ground floor itself nears to a square which is divisible by 600mm. If one were familiar with the cookery school, they would enter the grand staircase, that has ten lazy, 600mm steps with 180mm risers.

These stairs rise to the existing concrete platform, and one enters a glass staircase that turns left to the 1st and top floor directly with only one landing. The glass walls have been designed to hold wine racks, so that the people rise from Dark to light through the temptation of the wine storage. My food type, Tapas, is generally served with wine. Hence these wine racks that line along the stairs, are fairly important. Not only do they create an important experiential light to the staircase, but they serve as potential storage space for wine deliveries.

One of my ideas was to divide the cookery school students into two groups that would change floors daily. The 1st floor is for cooking hot tapas. This emphasizes greatly on the cooking and frying part of tapas. Red wines are served on a bar with cooked meats and croquetes. The top floor is for the preparation and serving of cold tapas.
This floor is the biggest and is the ending of the architectural promenade through the staircase, which might feel more enclosed than the openinigs of the top floor. The heavy roof is carved into a sort of indentation with a very rough finish; probably the only gestural element of the building. This allows for more headroom for the preparation and learning in the cookery school.

The name comes from the theme of contrasts. The irony in the name is the fact that the interior spaces have a whitewash that should allow for a lot reflection from the light that enters throught the windows. The 1st floor has panoramic windows the frame the Tyne. Comparatively, the top floor has a large framed panorama. This even extends to the untouched brickwall of the building neighbouring the site. The brickwall is untouched for it has a division between old and new brickwork that creates an interesting divide to my cookery school.