The Cube Pop-Up Takes Dining To New Heights


The Cube by Park Associati

To be effective, a pop-up restaurant needs a sense of theater. The experience should be tantalizingly ephemeral, lasting only as long as the tastes and smells coming out of the kitchen. Architecture’s role is to provide the perfect space for the drama to unfold.


The Cube by Park Associati

Some projects amplify the excitement by placing a restaurant somewhere it’s never been before. The Cube by Park Associati, a traveling pop-up sponsored by Electrolux kitchen appliances, takes the idea of unexpected restaurant placement to new heights: the restaurants alight on the top of monumental structures, such as the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, becoming sleek, modern interlopers among classical architecture. There are two versions of this modular restaurant traveling through European cities on a three-year schedule.

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The Cube by Park Associati

An Eatery That Actually Feels Like Home


Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

Restaurants are public spaces meant for commerce; money is exchanged for food and service. The challenge faced by Archiplan Studio in the design of Ristorante Lacucina was to balance the inherent commercial nature of a restaurant with the desire of the client for a relaxed environment evocative of eating at home.


Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

The furniture in the space was designed by Archiplan, and includes a large table to be used for family style dining. Natural wood with white lamination add a rustic sophistication. The unfinished wood employed in the furniture corresponds to the exposed beams in the ceiling, creating a visual link between them.

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio