Project Type: Hospitality / Retail
Location: Shanghai, China
Lead Consultant: Patterson Associates
As Design and Project Architect, Jo Aitken led the design as shown, working with Barrington, for Patterson Associates. The project proposal is a hospitality / retail project for importer of New Zealand produce. Located within an existing concrete shell, the concept was based around creating a temple for food, expressing the sacredness of food, grown in a non-polluted environment. The altar is at the centre, on axis from the entrance, where the chief cooks openly for guests in front of a luscious courtyard. Around the perimeter are a series of rooms each dedicated to a specific New Zealand produce group such as milk (shown), honey and so on. In each of these spaces guests can taste, buy and/or order the produce. On special occasions guests can enjoy a degustation menu, moving from room to room.