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Atelier Laia
location Renteria
function restaurant
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Mugaritz is located in an old agricultural Basque house ('baserri)' in a rural setting near Donostia. A large haritza ('oak' in Basque) is strategically situated beside the line (the fontier 'muga' in Basque) dividing Errenteria and Astigarraga. 'Muga eta haritza'. Mugaritz. The restaurant started in 1998 and today is unanimously considered one of the best in the world. On 15-02-2010 a fire destroyed the kitchen and left much of the dining area unusable. A full renovation of both rooms was needed. A line of light crosses the dining area, revealing the border. The ceramic flooring is also aligned with this border instead of following the traditional geometry of a 'baserri' where they face east. Flexible spotlights in the wooden ceiling light a system of tables that can be modified to accommodate up to 7 configurations. The resulting combination of light and dark areas generates a sense of space between tables, a sort of shaded area that must be crossed to go from one table to another.

jackspoke says:
Seems like a lot of thought went into the details of the space and its integration with local culture and geography. The space looks elegant and understated and a peaceful place to enjoy good Basque food.
Roma, Italy 15-Aug-11
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Otzazulueta baserria Aldura Aldea
Project is public!
Opening hours Reserve for diner before visiting.
How to get there? From the A-8 motorway (direction San Sebastián-Irún) exit at junction no. 3 (Oiartzun-Errenteria east). When you have left the motorway, on your right, take the GI-2132 road (direction Astigarraga-Hernani) and exit at km 10-11. Travel 4 km going up a small mountain pass. Right at the top, go right signposting Errenteria at 3 km. 100m from this exit, there is a stop sign and a blue restaurant road sign (a spoon and a fork) indicating the restaurant is 1,200m away, on your right.
Completion 2011
Interior architectAtelier Laia
Client IXO group
Project ID 8626
Latitude/Longitude 43°16'21N 01°55'02W
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