A Temporary Eco-Minded Restaurant Pops Up in Milan
The Cube, the temporary, eco-sustainable restaurant atop Milan’s Galleria Victor Emanuel designed by the Milanese architects Park Associati, opened its doors late last year. Conceived by Electrolux, a Swedish appliance brand, the Cube is a four-month project in which Michelin-starred chefs assume two-week residencies to experiment with locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisines.
The atmosphere is interactive, thanks to its open kitchen arena, Electrolux-outfitted, where chefs like Colleoni brothers, of San Martino in Bergamo, create three-hour-long lunches and dinners for 18 guests seated at a single table. Reservations must be made in advance at www.electrolux.com/cube.
Contrary to what its name would suggest, the Cube is more like a lunging trapezoid, with glass walls and ceilings that provide a front-row view of the historic Duomo’s Gothic spires, while keeping the Piazza del Duomo underfoot, a slightly vertiginous experience after a few glasses of Franciacorta.
This isn’t the first time the Cube has loomed over a city. Last spring, the Cube sat atop the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels. And since Park Associati designed the eco-sustainable structure to be re-assembled, the Cube’s post-Milan tour lineup includes London, Stockholm and eventually Moscow.