Elevated Market and Culinary School Ayrat Khusnutdinov and Gemawang Swaribathoro

Let me just say- What a neat and refreshing idea for a culinary school. I have spent my entire  professional life, before and during architecture school, working as a cook. I began in a cafe with a simple menu and have since worked my way up to gourmet establishments and menus. Something that has been a constant through all the places I have worked has been the ‘staff meal’. This usually entails taking whatever ingredients the chef says you can (leftovers/ abundant items) and making something that everyone will hopefully enjoy for their meal of the day. It requires a level of ingenuity and creativity that I feel every learning cook should learn.

Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov and Gemawang Swaribathoro

At the elevated market and culinary school designed for Paris by Ayrat Khusnutdinov and Gemawang Swaribathoro and titled ‘You buy, we cook ~ Enjoy!’, food stuffs are available to buy all day at the market. These ingredients are then given to a culinary student who is tasked with incorporating these into a coherent and tasty dish. By just the nature of what goes on in this space, let alone the building that ‘holds’ it, this market is a hub of excitement and social interaction. The building, which stands off the  pseudo-ground of the market, is supported on two triangular struts which give the appearance of ambulation. The school above sits poised above the flurry of ingredients, cooks and smells, straddling the market as if to remind one that good ingredients are the basis for all creation.

 Architects: Ayrat Khusnutdinov and Gemawang Swaribathoro

Courtesy of Ayrat Khusnutdinov and Gemawang Swaribathoro

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