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Thu 13.8.

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura (ES)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 13.08.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura has renovated an old building in Girona, Spain in order to create a space entirely devoted to chocolate.

 

 

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Say the architects, “That was the sweet dream of Jordi, the chocolate maker. We had to do it with emotion, with metaphors, with a sense of humour… We had to be at the level of Easter cakes and chickens!”

 

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

“We enter a dream, crossing the bridge, we leave all the troubles behind and we get ready to believe in happiness. We have no doubt that molten chocolate flows out of the workroom until it is concentrated in the finished product sold in the shop. We taste its sweetness in the basement, which used to be an old storehouse for salted cod – a fact hardly anyone remembers; too much time waiting for desserts… We go up to the workroom, and when the stairs get flooded with light, we meet Jordi, who explains to us why all this makes him so happy.”

 

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

“At the square, protected by its angel, we discover the facade: it is the chocolate tile moulds used in chocolate making. Behind it, there is a vertical space that was born out of the effort to connect the five levels of the building. To achieve this, we rely on the staircase and its visual omnipresence as well as on the different passing gaps that link vertically the three lower levels.”

 

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

“Everything has been specially designed in this project: from the section of the building to the chairs in the tasting area or the chocolate tiles. It is a global and absorbing project, which turned out to be very addictive for us, who have tasted it!”

 

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

Ferrer Xocolata by Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura, photo: Marc Torra_fragments.cat

PROJECT DATA
Architect: Arnau Vergés Tejero – arnau estudi d’arquitectura
Project: renovation of a building as a chocolate workshop
Location: Plaça Móra, 5 – 17800 Olot (Girona)
Construction beginning and ending: 03/2014 – 04/2015
Constructor: Construccions Grederes, SL
Promoter: Ferrer Xocolata
Construction Engineer: Josep Maria Codinach
Client: Pastisseria Ferrer

 

to the Arnau Estudi d’Arquitectura website

 

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