By: Tsai-Hsin Yu, Cheng Tian Pu & Celia Ye

We have created a public kitchen where there are no boundaries and people can communicate and collaborate with each other. Our space allows participants to connect and enjoy meals together regardless of one’s cultural background. Nutrition, hygiene, and practicality are three important aspects for any kitchen. Our design uses technology to achieve these goals, which you can see in the collaboration area. Nutrition is a factor in how we related to food and kitchen is the best place to gather food. Our design allows users to check the nutritional information and order food from local farmers. In the center, we have a drawer that functions as a machine to achieve this task. There are three pipelines in the collaboration area, which transports food from the farms. We have invented a specific app which helps analyze food. The app shows specific details such as where the food is from and the fat and protein content. The app connects to the pipelines, which will transport the food to the center table. The food could be traced back to the farm through the app.

Hygiene is an important element in a cooking environment and the quality of food is an important issue to address. Therefore, all of the building materials of this public kitchen will be connected to a high-tech bacteria-testing system. The amount of bacteria will be shown on the digital screen at the collaboration area and also on screens at the center of the individual kitchens to remind people of what needs to be cleaned. All of the cooking utensils that are located in the kitchenware area can be cleaned in the drawer that holds these tools. The high-tech machine that analyzes food nutrition also tests the cleanness and freshness of food. With this system, people are able to ensure that their cooking environment, tools, and food are in good quality.

Cooking in a more effective way is definitely a trend of the future. The collaboration area creates an opportunity for people from different cultures to communicate with each other. The ways they cook and the recipes vary based on their background. The meet-up in the collaboration area allows people to share cooking experience and perhaps even cook together in this public kitchen. The result of such collaboration could be more unexpected meals and more effective use of time. The individual kitchen satisfies all of the cooking requirement for a person. The equipment area at the back of the kitchen provides specific uncommon tools, such as the Takoyaki pan, which is used to make Japanese taco balls. This feature provides exposure to different culture traditions. When people are finished cooking, they can gather to eat at the seating area, which is at the center of the collaboration area. After eating, people can leave all of their kitchen ware in a drawer that will clean everything and automatically ship these items to the original locations.