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Brief Published: 16 Mar 2012

Noma Lab by 3XN Architects: Evading Restrictions


Danish architects practice 3XN has designed an experimental space for Copenhagen restaurant Noma – one of the world’s top-rated restaurants – without making any permanent structural alterations.

Located in a listed former warehouse adjacent to the restaurant, 3XN overcame the tight restrictions of working within a protected building – even the use of nails is strictly forbidden – by designing four centrally positioned freestanding storage units. Constructed from wooden cubes, they divide the 200 sq m space into a handful of distinct areas for different functions. The Noma Lab features office space, a food experimentation area for chefs, and a herb garden.

Complementing the Nordic aesthetic of the main restaurant – designed by Copenhagen-based Space Architects – the Lab has been styled in neutral tones with fully Nordic materials.


3XN Architects