Now here’s an interesting concept, a glass kitchen, and before you get excited or, on the other hand, alarmed at the prospect of having to rev up your cleaning chores, this isn’t a range that will be hitting the stores anytime soon.
It’s more a vision that puts paid to the way we are conditioned to close the door and subsequently close the mind to what lies in our boxes, yes, boxes – after all kitchens haven’t altered too much for generations aside from the enclosed boxes they are constructed from.
These boxes however, are glass and all peripheral components that accompany the see through cabinets are also transparent. the dishwasher, the cooker, the fridge the waste bins and even the waste pipes.
The Infinity Kitchen was designed by Dutch Contemporary Architects, MVRDV as part of a satellite event for the International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale.
The transparency concept aims to improve our hygiene standards, which, I’m sure we’ll all agree, are critical in the food storage and preparation environment that is the kitchen. Another goal of the design is to raise awareness of the food we eat and the waste we generate. All good factors that would help improve our health and well being but what about the practicalities?
Would you be a happy owner of a transparent kitchen? What about the maintenance? We’d certainly have to notch that chore up a few gears in this design. Would transparent designs improve our current kitchen habits? Would the ability to see the colours of our food, pots, dishes and pans make it look more appealing?
It’s always interesting to think outside of the box, and sure, the benefits of see through design are clear (apologies! that pun was unintentional) I can immediately see what’s in my fridge so can stock up on the food I need and I can bin the food that’s no longer needed. I can also see the reason why my dishwasher won’t empty, the blockage is visible through the waste pipe.
Maybe you like things just the way they are and shoving those pots you rarely use in the back corner of an enclosed cupboard suits you just fine. Maybe, also, you wouldn’t welcome the extra cleaning time you’d no doubt be subject to in a glass kitchen and so what if there’s a bit of dust on the pan you’ve just pulled out from behind that kitchen door, it wont do you any harm.
Personally, I’m not sure it would make me more responsible or less wasteful purely because I can see into my cupboards. I have to say that I’m of the mind that not all bacteria is bad for you so a little dust wouldn’t have me perturbed as I churn out another of my recipe disasters.
The architectural company behind the drive to greater transparency haven’t concentrated their efforts on just kitchens. Their vision has already materialised in recent projects such as Crystal Houses, a traditional façade built entirely from glass in Amsterdam, and an office with all glass interiors, furniture and equipment in Hong Kong.
I’m just not sure they’ve hit upon a concept that will see into the future of kitchens with this design (See what I did there?)
How about you? Would a glass kitchen bring about any significant improvement to your culinary habits or life?