Restaurant: The Latest Architecture and News
This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Will the Culture of Good Taste Devour McDonald's?"
At a new corporate headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, there’s a double-height lobby filled with green walls and massive art installations. Travel to its top floor roof deck and you’ll find a cozy fire pit next to a fitness center and bar (happy hours are on Thursday). Elsewhere, stair-seating terraces face floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Chicago skyline. This vertical campus settles in peaceably among its tony Randolph Street neighbors—Michelin stars, tech giants, and boutique hotels. At first glance, it’s refined and tasteful enough to be any one of these.
Aldo Amoretti has released new photographs as construction continues on Europe's first underwater restaurant in Norway, designed by Snøhetta. The structure is currently being built on a floating barge in close proximity to its final location. Upon completion, the scheme will also house a marine life research center, teetering over the edge of a rocky outcrop, semi-submerged in the ocean.
Built from concrete, the monolithic structure will come to rest on the seabed 16 feet (five meters) below the water's surface, fusing with the ecosystem of the concealed shoreline. Below the waterline, the restaurant’s enormous acrylic windows will frame a view of the seabed.
Two new international design competitions "Le 5 Stagioni" and "Storie di Farina" are dedicated to the evolution of Pizzerias and Spaces for Bread, in Italy and in the world, and to examining the relationship between tradition and innovation, between design and evolution of spaces.
The new international competitions are open to architects, designers, contract companies and entrepreneurs, with a prize money of Euros 15,000.
The International Competition Storie di Farina and the International Competition Le 5 Stagioni will award three bakeries and three pizzerias already made and operating.
Rules and information to participate are available on www.concorsostoriedifarina.it and www.concorsole5stagioni.it