Archigram: The Restaurant

A Belgium events-planning firm, optimistically called Fun Group, has designed a restaurant – or board meeting, or conference room, or work-desk – in the sky. It's a space, it's a thrill-ride, it's a spectacle – it's 7,900 euros for 8 hours. (That link is a PDF).
So, first, you're strapped into your seat, then hauled into the sky by a crane –

– where you're dangled, securely, over Vespas and the glass facades of European modernism.

But lest you forget your Marxist theories of industry and labor, it all boils down to this guy –

– who can pretty much hold you hostage up there while you snack on crudites and drink endless glasses of Rioja, unaware that the tide has subtly turned...

Meanwhile, all images above are actually screen-grabs from this short film, produced by Fun Group; watch for the stickers that advertise Fun Group's apparent parent company, or perhaps a mere co-sponsor, Benji Fun.
Coming soon? A building with no structure at all, the whole thing consists of unconnected rooms moving through the sky in unpredictable whorls, swinging crane to crane, everyday, every morning, a constellation of event-spaces casting shadows on the dull corporate plaza next door. The CEO as adventure tourist. Whole motorways lifted by crane into the sky, rerouting the M3 to Paris.
Or a bridge is temporarily delinked from the roads that lead to it – and turned into a flying restaurant...
Buildings that incorporate helicopters. The airplane as architectural extension into the stratosphere. More gondolas.

(Via spurgeonblog and Springwise).

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Blogger Tim said...

Excuse me, sir? Could you swing us over to the restroom, please?

July 10, 2006 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just don't drop your fork, OK?

July 10, 2006 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so much new stuff! i thought you just got back from paris

July 10, 2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

anon, I got back a few days ago, and am playing catch-up.

And I, too, wondered about how you'd take a bathroom break - and decided that they must be developing some kind of tube-based undergarment. Corporate Diapers®. That, or just never walk beneath the thing without an umbrella... Or an anti-fork helmet.

July 11, 2006 11:54 AM  

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