Inside the vaulted crypt of Paris’ L’église de la Madeleine church, rows of tables sit below an installation of floating clouds by French artist JR. Each table is adorned with a lamp and a pristine place-setting, giving it the appearance of a high-end restaurant. In fact, the space, Refettorio Paris, is a community kitchen designed to serve 100 meals a day to those who can’t afford a meal on their own.
Refettorio Paris is the work of renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura, who for the last few years has been opening artfully-crafted community kitchens in Italy and Brazil. For Refettorio Paris, Bottura’s non-profit, Food for Soul, is partnering with restaurants across the city to transform perfectly-good waste-bound food into gourmet meals.
The Paris space, which will remain open permanently and staffed by volunteers, serves as a parallel to other recent projects that elevate traditionally neglected institutions though design—think reimagined affordable housing from the likes of Pritzker winner Alejandro Aravena and resourceful architecture students.
Via: The Spaces