In­fin­ity Kitchen: MVRDV takes our per­cep­tion of the liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment to a fu­tur­is­tic realm

MGS Architecture - - Versatility In The Kitchen -

MVRDV de­signed a fully trans­par­ent kitchen as part of a satel­lite event for the Venice Bi­en­nale. The in­stal­la­tion takes the typ­i­cal modern day mod­u­lar kitchen and looks at pro­gress­ing the ty­pol­ogy to im­prov­ing the culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence and chal­leng­ing the im­mense, yet generic, kitchen in­dus­try. The In­fin­ity Kitchen wants to make bet­ter cui­sine, bet­ter food

prepa­ra­tion prac­tices and it wants to raise aware­ness of the pro­cesses that go on in­side a kitchen. How much food do we have hid­den away? How much waste has re­ally been cre­ated? Is the kitchen as clean as we like to think it is? But it also wants to do one main thing: cel­e­brate food and cook­ing.

Trans­par­ent sur­faces, shelves, cup­boards, taps, and uten­sils come to­gether to give a new in­sight into food pro­duc­tion, stor­age, and the pro­cesses that go on in kitchens. In­stead of hid­ing both the ugly and beau­ti­ful sides of food prepa­ra­tion, the In­fin­ity Kitchen ex­poses all in a way to give more con­trol to the user who can now mon­i­tor ev­ery­thing. MVRDV’S de­sign aims to act as a show­case to test the in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments in the kitchen, and to show­case how, through their in­vis­i­bil­ity, the en­tire kitchen cat­a­logue func­tions.

“The Kitchen Home Project is an ini­tia­tive which looks to imag­ine the next step of our liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments, tak­ing the ac­cepted norms of to­day and push­ing these to find new and bet­ter so­lu­tions,” says MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas.

MVRDV’S sim­i­lar projects in­clude the Crys­tal Houses, a tra­di­tional façade built en­tirely from glass in Am­s­ter­dam, and an of­fice with all glass in­te­ri­ors, fur­ni­ture and equip­ment in Hong Kong.

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