Will MVRDV's transparent Infinity Kitchen revolutionise restaurant design?

by Kim Megson | 01 Jun 2016

Restaurants of the future could look a lot lighter because of Dutch architects MVRDV’s latest creation: a fully transparent glass kitchen.

The installation, called Infinity Kitchen, was created as part of a satellite event for the Venice Architecture Biennale commissioned by Weng Ling of the Beijing Centre for the Arts (BCA).

The Infinity Kitchen is a proposal for the next stage of kitchen design. It features completely transparent surfaces, shelves, cupboards, taps and even utensils.

The idea is that cuisine will improve if the processes that go on in kitchens are physically transparent, casting a light on food choice, preparation, care, hygiene and waste.

According to MVRDV, the installation takes the typical modern day modular kitchen and moves it forward, “challenging the immense, yet generic, kitchen industry” and celebrating good cooking.

“If we imagine everything is transparent, clear and clean, doesn’t it mean that the only thing that is colourful and visible is our food,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “Doesn’t it then imply that we are encouraged to love the food, in that way, and that maybe it even becomes more healthy, if not sexy?

“I see this as part of a wider dream, this kitchen. It is part of an environment, if not a city, that is transparent and therefore accessible. Imagine if not only kitchens were transparent, but the walls through to the neighbour and the next neighbour even. This would create infinite perspectives in our cities.

“It would make within our claustrophobic environments possibly a view, into the direction of the mountains or the sea.”

The exhibition featuring Infinity Kitchen will be open to the public until 30 September 2016 in Università IUAV di Venezia Ca’tron.

MVRDV  Infinity Kitchen  Venice  glass  architecture  design  Venice Biennale  Winy Maas 
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Restaurants of the future could look a lot lighter because of Dutch architects MVRDV’s latest creation: a fully transparent glass kitchen. The installation, called Infinity Kitchen, was created as part of a satellite event for the Venice Architecture Biennale commissioned by Weng Ling of the Beijing Centre for the Arts (BCA). The Infinity Kitchen is a proposal for the next stage of kitchen design. It features completely transparent surfaces, shelves,
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