Mapping elBulliLab for Ferran Adrià
Volvox Labs [VVOX]


Inspired by legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adrià’s ground-breaking research project to audit the creative process, Director Volvox Labs chose to map elBullilab’s creative laboratory with several modular and functional spaces. The goal was to create an intervention that would be unexpected and surprising while providing storage of data that can then be shared online.

In partnership with Telefónica and Microsoft, the team proposed a design for a unique and engaging space within the lab, serving both as a streamlining documentation tool and as a knowledge-sharing, collaborative experience.

Proposal Renderings and Architectural Plans below are built and fabricated in Brooklyn, NYC by VVOX Form prototyping and fabrication.

Onsite Implementation

Modular units include:

Reprographic Scanning Unit: Designed to meet the high demands of digitizing and scanning artifacts of the creative process while protecting the integrity of the materials.

Central Brainstorm Unit: Designed to enhance the way the elBulliLab team works together. Innovative features encourage collaboration, which can lead to increased efficiency and productivity.

Video Wall Unit: Designed to enhance multi-screen presentations and sharing of content using Microsoft devices.


Evolution of elBulli Yearlong Timelapse

Alongside the productivity stations, we equipped elBulliLab with a custom built, automatic time-lapse system which captures 2,800 photographs everyday between 9AM – 9PM.

A server-side application on an Azure Virtual Machine programmatically renders those images into a branded video and posts the timelapse movies to the elBulliLab Gallery website built especially for the lab. Viewers can see different vantage points at elBulliLab worldwide, share the videos, and watch their favorites over and over again.

Kamil Nawratil – Creative and Technical Director
Jake Gamberg – Architectural Design/Fabrication
Ryan Kilpatrick – Fabrication
Zyia Zhang – Fabrication
Joe Saavedra]– Server-side App Development
Apon Palanuwech – Website Development
Pa Her – Project Management USA
Rosayla Ly – Project Management Spain

Special thanks to our partners: Microsoft Iberica , Microsoft USA , Telefonica , and elBulliLab teams for their support and help in facilitating the process through culmination.