The challenge to design the venue for the Food Labyrinth was to be fundamentally grounded in the principles of sustainability while creating infrastructure for a laboratory-like food experimentation experience at the venue.
The design collaborative of Anagram Architects, CellDSGN and Mia Morikawa responded to this challenge by restricting themselves to a vocabulary of wooden cargo pallets and whole, uncut plywood boards. By combining these components , a set of ten different types of work counters and consoles was devised. These were fitted with custom-made lights and display structures made with used (softwood) fruit and vegetable cases.
Ingredients and implements were arranged in 'shelving' and 'slots' formed in the recesses of upright and horizontal pallets. Inspired by Japanese Bonsai moss-balls, garnishes and herbs were provided through kokedama hangings from the trees on-site.
Simple ponchos were made out of plain cotton fabric to act as aprons to protect the clothes of participants.
The space was also enlivened by an audio visual installation by B.L.O.T, screening food diaries- video stories on food and eating from all over the world.