Refettorio Gastromotiva, dining room

Food for Soul

Food for Soul
Modena, Italy

To fulfill the dream of building Refettorio Gastromotiva from scratch, Vik
, the art curator, had Gustavo Cedroni of METRO Architects develop the architecture. Situated on the edge of a small square and adjacent to one of the city’s main thoroughfares, the Refettorio was designed to reinforce connections with these public spaces and the surrounding community. The kitchen occupies the centre of a long and narrow site, 50m in length and 6m wide. A single volume alternates between single and double height spaces and has generous openings onto the road and the neighboring square. The Campana Brothers and Maneco Quinderé designed the scenography and furniture. The material palette is of authentic, industrial materials that are commonly found in the area, resulting in an honest, no-frills aesthetic that celebrates the essential construction elements and services. Artworks by JR and Pas Schafer are also proudly displayed in the Refettorio.


  • Title: Refettorio Gastromotiva, dining room
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro
  • Photo Credits: Angelo Dal Bo

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