Pop-up restaurant makes a striking modern addition to Milan’s cityscape

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Cubism meets Neo-classicism in a new pop-up restaurant in Italy’s fashion capital. High above the Piazza del Duomo and overlooking the gothic spires of the cathedral, The Cube is a striking work in glass and aluminium, designed by architect Michele Rossi to resemble a ‘big lamp’, lighting up the square with maximum visual impact.

Created by Electrolux as a continuation of its concept for the Salone del Mobile 2010, The Cube is a touring restaurant that caters for just 18 people at a time. Ingredients are locally sourced, and prepared in front of diners by award-winning Italian chefs such as brothers Christian and Manuel Costardi, whose previous projects have earned Michelin stars. The menu varies according to the weekly-changing rota of chefs, who each cook their own signature dishes.

The interior, too, is temporary and unfixed. The communal dining table is hung above diners’s heads during aperitifs, then brought theatrically down for the meal; afterwards, it is raised once again to create a lounge space.

‘We wanted The Cube to be visible and memorable in each location, in some of Europe’s most alluring cities,’ says Rossi. ‘We wanted to design a space that is flexible enough to give the customers a unique dining experience.’

The rooftop restaurant, which first launched in Brussels, will reside on the seventh floor of Number 1 Via Ugo Foscolo in Milan until 26 April 2012, after which it will be reconstructed in another high-profile location in Stockholm or London.

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