Amsterdam arts centre Mediamatic has set up a socially-distanced dining experience where guests sit in their own greenhouse and hosts wear face shields.
Pentagonal glasshouses by the side of the canal each shelter a pair of diners, who have to be from the same household, sitting across from each other over a table covered in white cloth.
The project’s name, Serres Séparées, is a play on the French phrase chambre séparée for private dining areas. The dining pods are at once separate and intimate, and visible and public. A four course plant-based menu arrives courtesy of waiters wearing personal protective equipment in the form of face shields.
Dishes are served on the ends of long wooden planks that allow servers to deliver food to the table without entering the individual greenhouses.
Mediamatic was founded in Amsterdam in 1983, and organises talks, events and projects on nature, science, biotech and art from its canalside location. The arts centre already has a large greenhouse for its aquaponics setup, and had a set of smaller glasshouses on hand.
The art centre was trying to think of ways to keep its restaurant open during the pandemic and alighted on the greenhouses.
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