There are few restaurants whose unexpected location and spectacular views could rival with those of the recently completed temporary pavilion-cum-restaurant ‘Cube’. Commissioned by Electrolux and designed by the Milanese practice Park Associati, ‘The Cube’ can accommodate up to 18 diners within its 140-square-meter open-plan adaptable interior which encompasses ‘a visible kitchen and a single large table that can be made to disappear by raising it up to the ceiling to form a lounge area for use after eating.’
The pavilion, which is characterised by its laser-cut honeycomb aluminium façade has been launched earlier this year in Brussels and is set to be relocated and mounted atop various European landmarks in Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden – the restaurant will remain open for three months at each location.
From the architects:
‘The CUBE – dining with a view – is a pavilion designed by Park Associati to house an itinerant restaurant commissioned by Electrolux. Designed to be placed in unexpected and dramatic European locations, it will be launched in Brussels on April 1st, 2011 where it will sit atop of the Parc du Cinquantenaire, close to the headquarters of the European Community.’
‘The construction has the lightness and versatility of an exhibition stand yet with the design complexity of a building. It uses materials that are highly innovative in terms of technology, eco-sustainability and energy saving as well as enabling constant re-use.’
‘The pavilion’s lightness of form is emphasised on the exterior by its white colour and given a sense of movement through the use of an aluminium “skin” that has been laser-cut to create a texture with a geometric design that covers the whole of the outer surface. The base of the building, slightly raised with respect to the ground, accentuates the idea of lightness and the cleanness of form that characterises the entire structure. Inside, more highly advanced technological solutions can be found in the lighting, heating, sound system and of course, the kitchen equipment.’