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Rolling Restaurants @ Chicago Landmark Architecture

A curated pop-up restaurant each week sharing the adjacent sheltered environment of a Chicago Landmark Architecture.

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A curated pop-up restaurant each week sharing the adjacent sheltered environment of a Chicago Landmark Architecture.

Idea Title

Rolling Restaurants @Chicago Landmark Architecture

Company / organization name (if applicable)

Variation Design LLC

Website (if applicable)

www.thevariationdesign.com

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1.) The "Rolling Restaurant" is a combination of installation and operation changes - aiming for a quick and feasible solution with experiential environment. 2.) Integrated heat lamps with mesh - referencing the connection method of historical building retrofit to protect the landmark buildings. 3.) Reservation will be made beforehand each week to the designated venue. Food will be catered to the location.

Solution Overview

1.) The "Rolling Restaurant" is a combination of installation and operation changes - aiming for a quick and feasible solution with experiential environment.

2.) Integrated heat lamps with mesh - referencing the connection method of historical building retrofit to protect the landmark buildings.

3.) Reservation will be made beforehand each week to the designated venue. Food will be catered to the location. 

Feasibility

1.) The "Rolling Restaurant" is a combination of installation and operation changes - aiming for a quick and feasible solution with experiential environment.

2.) Integrated heat lamps with mesh - referencing the connection method of historical building retrofit to protect the landmark buildings.

3.) Reservation will be made beforehand each week to the designated venue. Food will be catered to the location. 

Technical Overview

Integrated heat lamps hung onto a mesh surface. This mesh surface will be attached to the landmark building via similar connection method being used in historical building retrofit.

All materials are readily available locally. 

Equity

Having a different pop-up "Rolling Restaurant" each week sharing the adjacent sheltered environment of a Chicago Landmark - allows restaurants from different scale and cultural background to have a fair share of exposure through the already reputable architecture/ establishments. It's a great opportunity of collaboration between the institutions/ large establishments with the restaurants owners in this difficult time.

Prototyping

1.) The "Rolling Restaurant" is a combination of installation and operation changes - aiming for a quick and feasible solution with experiential environment.

2.) Integrated heat lamps with mesh - referencing the connection method of historical building retrofit to protect the landmark buildings.

3.) Reservation will be made beforehand each week to the designated venue. Food will be catered to the location. 

User Research

Already existed Chicago restaurant week in summer - where a curated number of restaurants took part in providing dining experience in open spaces near the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. See above image.

Covid-19 Safety

1.) Promote social distancing by moving & designating dining desks & seats.

2.) Situated in an open ventilated environment.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Sophie Cai - Co-founder @ Variation Design LLC. We are an Architecture and Design Service Company in Chicago & Los Angeles. Our project experience ranges from Residential, Commercials, Cultural to Food & Beverages. Last year, we have assisted 10+ restaurant owners with their design and permit drawings in Chicago.

Please describe your legal or organizational structure

LLC

In what city are you / your team located?

Chicago, IL

In what country are you / your team located?

United States

How did you hear about the Challenge?

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Very creative ideaļ¼ Reminded me a popular and trendy idea sharing by a numbers of fashion brands: upcycling, meaning to create novel value by revising existing pieces. Especially in such a special modern architectural city, Chicagoan can have a chance to re-appreciate these landmarks. It would definitely give them a sense of belonging and confidence to be together and defeat this pandemic.