Arrea! Restaurant

The starting point for this project by the chef Edorta Lamo in Kanpezu is the revaluation of the local culture of his birthplace. With the same logic he trusted the quality of ACCOYA®, a wood distributed by his neighbours the Grupo Gámiz, for the façade of his restaurant.

fter his triumph with his San Sebastian restaurant A Fuego Negro, without doubt one of the most influential shrines to gastronomy in the world capital of cuisine (judging by the number of Michelin stars in San Sebastian and the surrounding area), Edorta Lamo took an even more personal project with the restaurant Arrea!, the chef’s return to his home town, Kanpezu (Campezo).

With the courage to set up premises with their own personality, one hundred percent local resonance and a strong link to culture of his homeland, in a place with less than a thousand inhabitants in the mountains of Alava, Edorta Lamo chose Grupo Gámiz, whose factory and history are also linked to Kanpezu, for the wooden cladding of the restaurant façade.

The choice was ACCOYA®, a sustainable and extraordinarily resistant wood.

Restaurante Arrea, madera acetilada Accoya®. Revestimiento de la fachada

Restaurante Arrea!, Kanpezu (Álava) | Producto: Revestimiento de la fachada – Accoya®

A beautiful, sustainable and durable façade

At the initial presentation of the restaurant, it was said that Arrea! is “the return of Edorta Lamo to his crudest, hardest and most savage roots”. Although this statement probably alludes to deeper matters, it is true that, in terms of climate, the Kanpezu area is a rather inhospitable rural environment, especially in winter.

Restaurante Arrea, madera acetilada Accoya®

Restaurante Arrea!, Kanpezu (Álava) | Producto: Revestimiento de la fachada – Accoya® | Foto vía Madera Sostenible

For Arrea!, ACCOYA®, the wood of the future, has been used to clad a melting pot of tradition and the past. This acetylated wood takes all types of finishes, and for this project a screen was chosen that shelters from the inclemency of the outdoors and that at the same time lets the light in, to which a rustic touch was given.

Restaurante Arrea!, Kanpezu (Álava) | Producto: Revestimiento de la fachada – Accoya® | Foto vía Arrea!

ACCOYA®: 50-year written guarantee

Both the manufacturers of ACCOYA® and Grupo Gámiz, distributor of the wood in Spain, provide a 50-year written guarantee. This extraordinarily resistant wood is fruit of a natural process called acetylation. Here, the wood obtained from sustainable forests is subjected to a molecular change due to natural products, with no toxic procedures.

This process achieves a sustainable wood, resistant to mould and insects, which no longer recognise the wood as food after treatment.

Restaurante Arrea, madera acetilada Accoya®

Restaurante Arrea!, Kanpezu (Álava) | Producto: Revestimiento de la fachada – Accoya®

Today ACCOYA® is an ecological solution for architects and designers committed to the environment and creativity. A universal wood able to give any project its own personality, just like the restaurant Arrea! in Kanpezu.