While walking down the streets, we are overwhelmed by the aromas emanating from the gastronomic establishments we pass through. Be it the cafes, lounges, or restaurants, we can see people celebrating, and enjoying social activities.
The restaurant industry has evolved into one of the most important industries in urban landscapes. Globalization and urbanization have been the forces that have led to its popularity. Restaurants have always been more than a place that serves food and drinks, they were social centers of cities.
Restaurants, in the contemporary era, have far more reaching effects than their social features. This industry is capable of shaping the city, its culture, and the overall economy. Vibrant city streets with restaurants make good neighborhoods. Today, these forms of restaurants have been experimenting with the foods and ambiances of their joints, creating innumerable possibilities for an immersive dining experience. Technology has enabled us to customize the user experience, bringing theme-based establishments into the market.
‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a well-known fairytale, which originated in Britain. It is a story of Jack, and how he discovers the land of a ‘Giant’ in the sky, that is reached by stalks from magic beans. As Jack moves through the giant’s world, we see how he sees and experiences things in a new manner.
Giants are common ‘otherworldly’ creatures of British folklore, believed to be human ancestors. Although the entire concept is a myth, it is exciting to envision how the world, our cities, would look like, if we existed with the Giants. This idea is similar to the concept of the worm's eye view.
When we view things with our eye level on the ground (like a worm), we see the world from a three-point perspective. Every object looks mighty and structures look endless. With the change in scale, our understanding of elements will change as we start viewing them from the bottom up. Our way of perceiving and experiencing the world and its elements will transform drastically. Can you imagine a scenario where Jack climbs to the top of the giant beanstalk and finds a restaurant there, what would it look like to him?
Challenge: Design a ‘Giant’ restaurant, based on the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, where everything is gigantic, compared to the scale of humans.
This challenge is a play on perception. Using the right tools, the scale of elements can be altered with a skew vision and the image they create. The idea is for visitors to experience navigation and eating in a colossal environment, where all sense of privacy and security may feel lost.
One of the major aspects of creative projects comes with the usage of space. Taking that as the focal point and distorting it, we can create a space where the size is disproportionate to the living elements of the place.
With this theme, challenges of breaking normal anthropometry of the space would come up. These projects require an open mind that would handle structural anomalies with feasible solutions, without changing the initial idea. Taking one of those possibilities onto butcher boards, we will be able to analyze the dos and don’ts for the project, without limiting the creative aspects.
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