London – The public botanic garden is elevating its dining offering for families with an experiential restaurant centres on education and discovery. Created with design practice Mizzi Studio, the Family Kitchen takes inspiration from the fantastical world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, combined with a ‘nature-led laboratory'.
The space is organised into six learning zones: Spring, Autumn, Diversity, Science, Water and Sun. Through these zones, families can learn about the journey of food from plant to plate, with stories brought to life through interactive LED push buttons and infinity mirror periscopes. The restaurant setting facilitates intergenerational connections and nature-based learning through its Edu-play-tion strategy. Jonathon Mizzi, director of Mizzi studios, says: ‘Our goal has been to design a space that celebrates nature and learning, helping to make children and parents excited about food growth, hygiene and preparation.’
Such spaces also demonstrate how Discovery Dining can be adapted to appeal to young audiences through stimulating and sensorial placemaking.
Brands across sectors can take inspiration from this concept and design experiences that playfully educate and inspire young people about topics such as sustainability and supply chains