Solar Kitchen Restaurant

***Arquitecture FAD international Prize 2014***
***Innovative Media Prize and Special Prize for Innovative Marketing at Vuoden Huiput Awards Finland 2011***


Antto Melasniemi | Martí Guixé

Solar Gastronomy
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Solar Kitchen Restaurant
The Solar Kitchen Restaurant is based on a solar kitchen concept where cooking is by pure solar energy. The Solar Kitchen Restaurant rethinks our perception of the kitchen, of cooking, of food, of drink and all of these in relation to nature. The Solar Kitchen Restaurant invites you to relax and enjoy in a new and exciting way.

The Solar Kitchen Restaurant aims to follow the sun through Europe, visiting a range of cities where it will present this extraordinary culinary concept. Joining forces to bring this about are world-acclaimed Catalan designer Martí Guixé, Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi.

The Solar Kitchen Restaurant will be built around a solar kitchen, where the food will be cooked using only alternative energy: the sun. Unlike the traditional way of cooking, solar heat affects the taste and texture of the dish in a surprising and positive way, producing a completely different taste experience.

An environmental and gastronomic art project as well as a gourmet eatery, the Solar Kitchen Restaurant highlights key contemporary themes: a nature-driven process, flexibility and immediacy. Depending on the day’s sunshine, the nature-driven kitchen will be able to serve a solar barbecue, meals prepared at lower temperatures or salads. The restaurant will therefore also test people’s flexibility: if it rains, we have to adapt, reschedule and deal with the nature-dependent delays. Immediacy will be evident in the urgency of movements and decisions, and real-time information: a cloud could change the course of a business lunch!
Antto Melasniemi
Born in 1975, Antto Melasniemi is a hospitality and culinary expert, facilitator and concept director renowned for his highly praised projects like pop-up restaurant HEL YES! in London. He also runs the restaurants Ateljé Finne and Kuurna in Helsinki and has recently worked for clients such as Artek, Iittala, Nokia and Flow Festival.  

Martí Guixé
Martí Guixé was born in 1964 in Barcelona. He studied Interior Design in Barcelona and Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica Design in Milan. He lives and works “on living matter” between Barcelona and Berlin, dedicating himself to the invention of “bright and simple ideas made of a curious seriousness”; he considers himself an “ex-designer” and works for firms such as Alessi, Camper, Magis, Danese….He has exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the Design Museum in London, the MACBA in Barcelona and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.