Tasty treats are made precious at Barcelona’s new bakery and pastry school
A new bakery and pastry school with an avant-garde design has opened in the Eixample district of Barcelona. The space has been designed by architect and designer Virginia del Barco and IDEO Arquitectura to resemble jewellery box, wherein precious – and tasty – creations are displayed.
A bespoke ‘skin’ of clear polycarbonate panels wraps the 500 sq m interior, deliberately exposing wires, concrete pillars and raw walls, in a bid to emphasise the delicate collection of pastry delights inside. A golden-ochre colour brings a sleek sheen to the metal ceiling of the bakery school, display cases in the café and staff aprons, bringing a smooth coherence to the concept, while the pastries themselves are displayed in individual boxes on pillars in the main café area.
The project is the brainchild of Ximena Pastor and Eric Ortuño, two of Spain’s best-known pastry chefs, who will run regular classes on pastry, ice cream and confectionery making, from one-day drop-in classes for all levels, to intensive multi-day courses for industry professionals, all with access to the school’s state-of-the-art machinery and first-rate ingredient supply chain. Regular drop-in tasting workshops are also on offer, including tea and coffee tasting with some of the country’s most respected roasters and brewers.
Expect to find some of Catalan’s more traditional pastries, in addition to some unique and experimental creations by Ortuño, such as his popular ‘potted cacti’ and carrot cakes, alongside excellent coffee. §