Guallart Architects


Vinaròs,Castellón. Spain 2007-2009

1st prize national competition

with KHO Ocio S.L

The Town Council of Vinaròs held a competition for the design and construction of a restaurant and leisure area at the north end of the town’s Mediterranean seafront promenade.

We decided to develop a parametric arboreal system in which all of the units were self-similar: both the structures that rest on the ground and those that rise up to expel fumes or take in light.

The structures are of 3 mm painted galvanized steel, thin enough to be easily cut and folded to create a continuous hollow structural element. The openings in the structure are filled with glazed and opaque surfaces, on which the LED lights are mounted.

All of the structures have a hexagonal pattern that is deformed on a regular basis on the side facing the coast.

The process of fabricating these structures, involving the plasma cutting of some 1,736 different pieces, was an opportunity to experiment with the use of advanced manufacturing systems in which the architect directly produces the components of the project using parametric design and scripting programmes.


Date: 2007-2009
Architecture: Guallart Architects
Main architects: Vicente Guallart, Maria Díaz
Collaborators: Daniela Frogheri, Fernando Meneses, Luis Fraguada, Andrea Imaz, Theodora Christoforidou, Fotios Vasilakis
Models: Christine Bleicher
Construction: Lluquet