La Vaca y la Huerta is a new gastronomic space situated in Recoletos Street in Madrid. The name means “The cow and the orchard” and it talks about the main product of the restaurant and the starting point for us to start with the project.

Project Name: La Vaca y la Huerta
Studio Name: Zooco Estudio
Location: Madrid
Photography: Imagen Subliminal

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The existing place had two surface finishes that the client did not want to change. The plasterboard surfaces and the brick walls. This is because of two reasons, the budget and the execution time of the project.

Once these premises have been analyzed, the idea is to add layers of information to those finishes and create a new language and a common thread that gives the restaurant a new identity.

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To do this, we create a metallic lattice that show the existing walls and it gives new features. The geometry of the lattice comes from an abstraction of the world of agriculture and livestock. This geometry is present in the closing perimeter structures in both worlds.

This lattice materializes in a natural oak wood in the areas of smooth walls and in black lacquered metal in the areas of the brick walls. The metallic structure is duplicated in some points to create the back bar station or storage spaces.

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On a material level, the project is completed with natural finishes such as oak wood in floors and baseboards, plaster in some vertical walls and, textile on the ceiling. This achieves a warm and bright environment, a very important characteristic since the local has little natural lighting.



ZOOCO ESTUDIO is a young architectural firm founded in 2008 by Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito and Sixto Martín Martínez, with head offices in Madrid and Santander. ZOOCO ESTUDIO´s philosophy is facing each project, from interior interventions to large structures building, through the same creative process.

Developing projects with different scales, we realize that architectural decisions are always the same: to create spaces that give response to needs and environment, always based on the generation of a clear concept as the base of the project. This vision of architecture and the flexibility to adapt to different projects, has made us understand our profession at a time of social and economic crisis.

ZOOCO ESTUDIO tries to project with fine materials and simple shapes to achieve a timeless and functional aesthetic. We always search for neutral spaces and projects that last over the years. With this objective, we combine the research into new materials and systems, with the knowledge of traditional processes.


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