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Food & Design: Solar Kitchen Restaurant by Marti Guixe

Pop-up dining is not a particularly new concept, but the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant, conceived by Spanish designer Marti Guixe and Finnish culinary creative Antto Melasniem, uses nature’s most efficient energy source, the sun, to serve-up dish choices that are entirely dependent upon the weather.

First presented at Milan Design Week earlier this year, the sustainable restaurant has been created for premium Finnish beer brand Lapin Kulta and has already presented itself in 12 locations this summer, with a further planned tour of several European cities in the coming months.

The environmentally conscious, gastronomy project seeks to examine how food, cooking and dining relate to nature and the environment…

…on hot days filled with sunshine the restaurant serves a barbecue, but on temperamental days meals requiring less heat are served, thus creating a dining experience that is interchangeable and flexible.

The heat of the solar power is also different to a traditional stove, creating a novel eating experience. As Guixe points out, “it is not so widely known but the technical parameters of the solar kitchen affect the taste and texture of prepared food in a surprising and positive way.”

More recently we have seen Royal College of Art graduate Markus Kayser’s Solar Sinter project showing the incredible possibilities of future 3D printing and product development, powered entirely by the sun.

As natural resources diminish, sustainability has become a key consideration for design practice.  We look forward to seeing many more innovative projects acknowledging this concern, in the hope of a more sustainable and creative future. – Samantha Fox

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