'Kitchenless City' Won the Prestigious Wheelwright Prize

By: Joey Haar - Aug 17, 2016
References: wheelwrightprize.org & archdaily
'Kitchenless City: Architectural Systems for Social Welfare' is a research and design project by Anna Puigjaner and her associates at MAIO Studio, a Barcelona-based architecture firm. The project recently won the Wheelwright Prize, a prestigious award from Harvard University that emphasizes the confluence of research and action.

As the name suggests, the core of Kitchenless City's proposal is to build housing units without kitchens. To be sure, the houses in the Kitchenless City proposal would still have areas for cooking in the form of kitchenettes or "breakfast bars," but by removing a separate room for the kitchen, the houses gain square footage that is becoming increasingly valuable in continually densifying urban areas.

Puigjaner is not one to talk the talk without walking the walk, claiming that her current residence only has a tiny, 1.2 meter long kitchen.