Food laboratory

Year
2011

Design and necessity
Noma Foodlab is a project between GXN and NOMA (recently named World's best restaurant). The concept is about giving NOMA’s Foodlab an interior that reflects both their creativity in cooking and GXNs thinking about design and materiality.

Inspirational design
The restaurant wishes a new and inspiring design in its Foodlab where new dishes are made. Today, the storage for ingredients is one floor below the kitchen. The chefs feel that they would be further inspired by having the ingredients prominently displayed in their work surroundings; therefore the need for a new kind of storage in the kitchen.

A multi functional character
The approach has been to design an interior that has a multifunctional character, where space and interiors merge. The result was a blend between a storage unit in which ingredients are exhibited and an organic light installation, which is in contrast to the kitchen’s otherwise industrial design language.

Parametric design with modules
Through a series of experiments, GXN have tested how rectangular modules could best be formed into the desired organic expression. The modular design has found inspiration in the classic ‘brick bond’, which has been the basis for further processing of the integrated design. By working with digital manufacturing through parametric modeling, we have managed to create a simple looking design, with a complex and tailored substructure. The use of parametric tools has also led to changes in the design, being directly updated in the final working drawings.

An organic system of sustainable materials
The final product is an organic system that spans the space of NOMA Foodlab. The system consists of boxes in two sizes mounted in an underlying, load-bearing structural system. This results in each box getting its own unique spot through a highly controlled geometry. The shape is further enhanced by the integrated LED lighting that highlights the shape of the interior and the individual boxes. The boxes and the structural system will be made from sustainable sheet material made of wood, cork, flax, and bioresin.
Copenhagen, Denmark
2011

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