Vietnam's Ta đi Ôtô bar has fitted an entire restaurant — kitchen included — onto a roving mobile structure steered by tricycle.
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Food trucks have been a common sight in cities since the 19th century, but the rising rates of traffic congestion mean that they’re not very efficient at remaining on the move if the market demands it. In the past we’ve seen Velopresso deliver eco, pedal-powered coffee to the streets of London, and now Vietnamese bar Ta đi Ôtô is aiming to go one better by fitting an entire restaurant — kitchen included — onto a roving mobile structure steered by tricycle.
Created by Swiss design agency Bureau A, the construction is reworked from old pipes and a PVC roof, looking more like a piece of scaffolding than a building. However, the structure features a bottom floor — used as a kitchen space on its initial travels around Hanoi — first floor, where diners can enjoy meals prepared below, and a second floor that serves as a bar. The piece has been created specifically to suit the makeshift nature of life in the busy city, where — according to the architects — “creativity ends up in everyday life as opposed to art museums”. Not only can the device travel anywhere at any time, but it can also be reworked to feature up to seven floors and repurposed as an art space or traveling stage. The video below shows the venue in action:
If a fleet of similar tricycle pop-up spaces were created, could we perhaps begin to see more cities experiencing temporary high streets forming and disappearing as and when they’re needed?