Floating Orchid Pods Could Bring Pop-up Restaurants to the Singapore Waterfront

Singapore has a beautiful waterfront and a street food heritage that some feel needs reinvigorated. Intending to jump-start the conversation about it are SPARK Architects, who unveiled a proposal for a mobile, reconfigurable, and sustainable floating cooked-food center (also known as hawker center). Called the Solar Orchid project, it's a pop-up shop that could potentially appear in numerous locations with a variety of vendors who operate within its pods.

The design features a protective canopy that's a solar-energy generating, inflated pillow-top with thin-film photovoltaic cells. There are multiple floating, compartmentalized areas, and each houses a different street food purveyor. The pods accommodate cooking stalls and have built-in exhaust, water, gas, electrical, waste collection, water recycling services, and table settings. They are modular, meaning they can be clustered together depending on their locale. And when it's time to clean up, you won't even realize that they were there thanks to their self-contained nature.

SPARK Architects website
via [Inhabitat]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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