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Brief Published: 3 Aug 2012

Buijenkitchen Nomadic Restaurant, Holland


Dutch design agency Studio Elmo Vermijs is aiming to redefine the restaurant scene with a new transportable kitchen concept known as Buijenkitchen. The experimental design takes the idea of searching for the very freshest, local seasonal ingredients to its logical limits, by actually seeking out farms and fresh harvests and then preparing meals using the ingredients on offer on site. A constant stream of new locations means that, in theory, the menu will never get stuck in rut.

The compact kitchen includes a wood burning stove and ample counter space. Generating a sense of theatre, the whole structure is positioned on four stilts, raising it way above ground level to ensure an easy view for onlookers. Access is gained from stairs along one side of the structure that folds up into a wall when the mobile kitchen is packed away. When it’s in use, most of the walls are peeled away to reveal as much of the action as possible.

According to Pepjin Schmeink, the chef manning Buijenkitchen, the concept was born from a desire to create an experimental space that would explore the relationship between the city and the farmland. It also encourages guests to immerse themselves further in the experience by getting involved in the cooking process – partly to educate diners about the local ingredients they’re consuming, but also to make sure the experience is part of a wider, socially enriching experience.

The Buijtenkitchen is currently travelling around the outskirts of Rhoon in southern Holland. For more information on the benefits of transportable spatial design for brands and businesses, see our report: Nomadic Retailing.

Studio Elmo Vermijs