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Serres Séparées Proposes a Socially-Distant Dining Experience in Amsterdam

Serres Séparées Proposes a Socially-Distant Dining Experience in Amsterdam

Renovated recently, Mediamatic ETEN, the restaurant of the Art Center Mediamatic in Amsterdam, has created a new safe dining experience entitled Serres Séparées, taking into account required social distancing measures. Putting in place private and intimate “quarantine” greenhouses, or chambres séparées, people can reconnect and dine outside in a safe environment.

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© Anne Lakeman for Mediamatic Amsterdam
© Anne Lakeman for Mediamatic Amsterdam

After Lithuania and the Czech Republic, Amsterdam is proposing a creative solution to awaken stagnant gastronomic businesses while ensuring social distancing measures. Mediamatic ETEN and Serres Séparées have created a safe waterside dining initiative allowing people to gather separately and safely during the pandemic. Located on the Amsterdam waterside of the Oosterdok, the setup of greenhouses generates an innovative solution to overcome the required social distancing obstacles. In fact, the imagined solution can be adapted to all the hospitality and gastronomy sectors around the world.

© Anne Lakeman, Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam
© Anne Lakeman, Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam

Named “Chambre séparée", or separate rooms, the intervention suggests intimacy, although the greenhouses are completely transparent. Recommended only for people that are already living together, the rooms are still in the testing period, waiting for permission to officially open from local and national authorities, as soon as governments loosen up restrictions on social distancing. 


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© Willem Velthoven for Mediamatic Amsterdam

Taking into consideration all contamination precautions, the experience aims to reinterpret the concept of “togetherness”. Moreover, in terms of safety, staff wear protective clothes -gloves and face shields- and serve food using long wooden planks, in order not to not enter the glass rooms.

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Cite: Christele Harrouk. "Serres Séparées Proposes a Socially-Distant Dining Experience in Amsterdam" 19 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/939806/serres-separees-proposes-a-socially-distant-dining-experience-in-amsterdam/> ISSN 0719-8884
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