A Maritime Club in the Heart of Madrid, Designed by Zooco

If in other times the city of Madrid had a beach - on the bank of the Manzanares, 10 minutes by bus from the center - today, the new restaurant of La Maruca, designed by Madrid based architectural studio Zooco, draws a maritime club into the heart of the capital, paying homage to the great rationalist architecture.


General view. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

Through a process of abstraction, the project plays with the exterior-interior dualism, generating exteriors within interiors, and recreating open and maritime environments in which the sea is perceived, but not seen. Thanks to the use of bands, the interior volumetry is molded, expressed through multiple curved and friendly facades that invite the visitor to walk and observe along a sort of pilgrimage through a landscape marked by traditional images of the Cantabrian city.


Entrance. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

The materiality of the project is closely related to the marine character: nautical teak wood with black polymer-based joint, used on the decks of ships, as flooring in the passage areas of the project; micro terrazzo with minerals in earth colors for floors in living rooms; white polished cement as the finish of all volumes that create the interior building; teak wood slats for the vertical elements of the project, including columns and pillars; finally, smooth white ceilings with a very high degree of sound absorption.


Open Kitchen and furniture design. Photo credit: David Zarzoso


Volume containing serving spaces. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

The interior treatment of the ribbons and volumes that make up the building is noteworthy. The extreme slenderness of the ceramic pieces, and their vertical placement, allows for perfect adaptation of the cladding to the curved profiles of the multiple volumes, providing a texture with character. Thanks to a careful study of the horizontal lines of the project, a clear order is established that enhances the harmonization of the project and the understanding of the space.


Detail of volume and elevated platform with WC. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

Another characteristic of the project is its bathrooms, elevated on a structure that goes beyond the limits of the premises and opens into its outdoor terrace, like a pier, as a very recognizable element that imbues this outdoor space with character. The bathrooms - or cabins - are designed using only two elements: teak wood slats and a plinth of semicircular ceramic pieces of the same width as the slats.


Interior Bathroom. Photo credit: David Zarzoso


Detail bathroom door. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

The envelope of the restaurant is 360º. Like a transparent box, the glass perimeter enhances permeability and promotes the observation of the interior volumes from the outdoor environment. An integral system of wooden sliding doors can change the degrees of privacy and solar protection of the interior.


Terrace. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

The spectacular open and exposed kitchen is ubicated in the center of the interior building. Like a ship’s engine room, it is offered in its entirety in an exercise of confidence in the team and transparency towards the customer. Stainless steel, reliable and immutable, is the absolute protagonist.


Counter Bar Corner. Photo credit: David Zarzoso

About Zooco

Zooco is an architectural studio founded in 2009 by Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, and Sixto Martín Martínez, architectural graduates of the School of Architecture of Madrid. The study covers a broad spectrum from the design perspective, from large-scale building to furniture design. Hallmarks of the studio, in endless search of new challenges, include solutions adapted to the needs of the client, and the use of a timeless language.