opening in time for the 2016 olympic games, ‘refettorio gastromotiva’ is a michelin-starred soup kitchen in rio de janeiro. designed by metro arquitetos, the restaurant is part of acclaimed chef massimo bottura’s ‘food for soul’ initiative, which aims to combat waste by transforming food not deemed suitable supermarkets — such as oddly shaped vegetables or fruit that is slightly too ripe — into tasty, nutritious meals.

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the restaurant is part of acclaimed chef massimo bottura’s ‘food for soul’ initiative
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the project resulted from a collaboration between bottura, ONG gastromotiva — run by chef david hertz — and alexandra forbes, a brazilian gastronomy journalist. the trio worked alongside a creative team that included vik muniz, maneco quinderé, the campana brothers, and metro arquitetos. ‘we need the architect to create a beautiful space, we need designers to create beautiful tables and chairs, and we need artists to put art everywhere to rebuild the dignity of the people,’ said bottura.

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large inviting doors open up onto the adjacent square
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the team chose to site the restaurant in a region of rio where those without permanent homes would benefit most. situated on the edge of a small square, adjacent to one of the neighborhood’s main thoroughfares, the building has been designed to establish a close relationship with its community. the exterior of the structure is clad in translucent poly-carbonate panels, with large inviting doors opening up onto the adjacent square.

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the structure is clad with translucent poly-carbonate panels
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a palette of authentic, industrial materials that are commonly found in the area, were employed resulting in an honest, no-frills aesthetic which celebrates the essential construction elements and services,’ explain the architects. during the summer games, celebrated chefs from across the globe cooked surplus food, offering meals to those who need them most. read more about the project here.

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a palette of authentic, industrial materials has been used throughout
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the entire building was constructed in just 55 days
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during the summer games, celebrated chefs from across the globe cooked surplus food
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the initiative offers meals to those who need them most
image by ilana bessler

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steps leading to the upper level form an amphitheater-like setting
image by ilana bessler

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the building has been designed to establish a close relationship with its community
image by angelo dal bó

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the project resulted from a collaboration between massimo bottura, ONG gastromotiva, and alexandra forbes
image by angelo dal bó

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the restaurant is situated between the lapa arches and the aterro do flamingo
image by ilana bessler

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free lunches are provided as part of the project, while paying guests bring revenue during evening hours
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project info:

 

client: gastromotiva
site area: 320 sqm
constructed area: 425 sqm
date of project: may 2016
architectural project: gustavo cedroni, martin corullon, helena cavalheiro, marina ioshii, amanda amicis, gabriela santana, joão quinas, luís tavares, manuela porto, rafael de sousa, renata mori
construction company: souza camargo
structural consultant: ricardo bozza – inner
electrical consultant: PKM consultoria e projetos
hydraulic consultant: usina consultoria e projetos
climate control: bonar engenharia térmica
acoustic control: marcos holtz

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