The pop-up kitchen by Merrett Houmøller Architects in London is not only colorful and whimsical, but is also a dining facility, supported by the British Red Cross and meant to assist refugees and asylum seekers. As practice co-founder Peter Merrett describes, this is a proactive way of gaining the "opportunity [...] to engage with the [social] crisis in a direct and tangible way."
Dubbed the 'Befriending Kitchen,' the project is meant to bring together young people and allow them to share a meal and connect. Previously, the program's home was said to occupy "an uninspiring office." However, Merrett Houmøller Architects' design allows for the pop-up kitchen to be mobile and expand its reach in the city. In the meantime, the bright pink, yellow and blue colors foster a creatively-driven and positive atmosphere.
Photo Credits: Francis Ware
Merrett Houmøller Architects's Pop-Up Pavilion is for Refugees
1. Pop-up Kitchens - Designing pop-up kitchens for social causes presents opportunities for innovative ways to support communities in need.
2. Mobile Dining Facilities - Creating mobile dining facilities allows for flexibility and the ability to reach diverse locations and populations.
3. Colorful and Whimsical Design - Incorporating bright and playful design elements in food-related spaces can foster a creatively-driven and positive atmosphere.
1. Architecture - Architects can explore the design of pop-up kitchens and mobile dining facilities to meet the needs of various social causes.
2. Food Services - The food service industry can adapt pop-up kitchen concepts to provide support for communities and engage customers in social causes.
3. Social Services - Organizations in the social services sector can partner with architects and food service providers to create innovative solutions for community engagement and support.