We say it's all about the food, and when you're just looking for a good meal, this is often true. Still, even our team and foodspotters know that sometimes the restaurant setting will influence where we dine too. Enter OpenBuildings, a startup we recently learned about from OB co-founders Adel Zakout and Thomas Mallory who we met over iced mochas to talk about startup life and building communities - two topics that are dear to us as you can imagine!
Kaa Restaurant in São Paulo
OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. It's a database of historic, contemporary and conceptual architecture that exists as a website and app for the iPhone (and soon Android), which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.
And that's when it clicked. OpenBuildings-Foodspotting mashup of awesome looking restaurants and the food they serve! We collaborated with Antonina Ilieva, an architect who just joined the OpenBuildings team, to put this fun piece together. Check it out...
THE SETTING Kaa Restaurant in São Paulo by Studio Arthur Casas is a beautiful example of how contrasting approaches to exterior and interior of buildings can help create an unexpected retreat from hectic city life. The lavish green interior of the restaurant is a natural green habitat that one hardly expects to see given its discrete street facade. After architects' own poetic observation: São Paulo is a city that reveals itself behind the walls...
THE FOOD Lula Recheada Com Lagostim @ Kaa spotted by Luiza
THE SETTING New York restaurant What Happens When designed and curated by The Metrics Design Group creates an atmosphere that is as unconventional, dynamic and theatrical as its name - and New York City itself. The creators explains, "What Happens When is a playground for food. It is a temporary restaurant installation that transforms every 30 days for nine months, offering guests an ever-changing culinary, visual and sound experience."
THE FOOD Lemon Tarte @ What Happens When spotted by Ihrtporkfat
THE SETTING The Biko restaurant in Mexico City by Entasis Arquitectos takes us another step further in appreciating the interdisciplinary approach to architectural design. The concept for the restaurant's graphic interior is partly inspired by the chefs' affinity to experimenting with the opposition of light and dark tones and contrasting textures in the dishes.
THE FOOD Trufas De Chocolate @ Biko spotted by Luis M
THE SETTING Enter Rooftop Coffee Bar at SFMoMA by iconic Swiss architect Mario Botta. An illustrative example of how programme - in this particular case a modern art museum - defines the design of its building and everything else in and around it. The whole venue and even the dessert are visually related to avant-garde art!
THE FOOD Mondrian Cake @ SFMoMA Rooftop Coffee Bar spotted by Laura Leung
We hope you enjoyed our Foodspotting and OpenBuildings mashup today. If you like architecture as much as you enjoy good food then you will love OpenBuildings!
Guest writer Antonina Ilieva recently joined the OpenBuildings team to head up Community Outreach. She believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture, is fascinated by Japanese design, Dutch design, and Alexander McQueen. In terms of food, she has a thing for spotting latest trends in chewing gums. Follow Antonina on Twitter @OpenBuildings.