Imagine if your kitchen allowed you to prepare and cook your favourite meals, grow your own food, heat water, and rinse, clean and store your utensils, all in one self- contained roll-away box!
For 600,000 years people have been cooking together around campfires as they celebrate and socialise. Originally this activity was mobile. People cooked and ate where they most wanted to be. Then 10,000 years ago humans invented the static kitchen, a dedicated space where they could prepare and present food with greater control and more technology. However, it was fixed and often isolating.
What if you could combine the freedom and flexibility of the campsite with the sophistication of modern kitchen equipment? Urban densities are increasing and we desire a high standard of liveability in a wider variety of spaces, from the small and irregular leftover spaces in existing dwellings to larger, amorphous open-plan spaces and lofts. These spaces, along with our increasingly nomadic lifestyles, require more flexible, portable and self-contained solutions for food preparation. Changing your space should be easy and not require expensive, restrictive and wasteful construction and demolition.
Imagine that your kitchen is no longer defined by a fixed room but by activity; a space designed to enable and enhance the quality of the social ritual of eating together. Our Mobile Hyper Kitchen is a set of cooking tools around which people can gather and prepare food. It’s flexible, so you can respond to the seasonal personalities of your house! It’s a campsite – mobile like a barbecue, but much more sophisticated. This is the next evolution of that barbecue space Australians have been celebrating and sharing for 60,000 years.
When you move house, or want to move your kitchen to another room because it’s sunnier or shadier; when you want to entertain friends on the deck, or you just want to move the kitchen out of the way, you can, instantly! Your self-contained kitchen can move. It’s on wheels! All you need is electricity, cold water, and if possible, a drain or sink within 40 metres!
Our Mobile Hyper Kitchen is a response to social, economic and environmental changes, combining flexibility with the highest level of service and amenity possible. It contains an induction cooktop, an oven, a filtered downforce air extractor, a dishwasher, a micro-greens growing rack, up to three sinks and two chopping blocks, a water heater and two garbage bins.
To bring the kitchen into the 21st century we have scoured the planet looking for inspired technological innovation to bring you the most effective and efficient tools for preparing food. These have been packaged up into one convenient, compact, mobile pod.
The Mobile Hyper Kitchen features:
• a push-release, retractable tap with its own recessed storage bay, inspired by the conformal storage bays on the F-117 Lockheed Stealth Fighter
• a modular, personally customisable toolkit and preparation surface, based on research from the International Space Station
• a science lab-inspired ‘ocean’ sink designed for easy access and greatly reduced water use
• rapid-release fluid supply valves that were originally developed for Formula One racing cars • a grey-water ejection system, developed for luxury yachts
• a bench-top air extraction system with an integrated, retractable, laminar air-flow amplifier based on the famous Porsche 911 whale tail
• a wraparound tool rail for extra work space and to hang equipment on, based on Scuba diving toolbelt design
• a Marcello Gandini-inspired lightweight Kamm-tail, open-mesh, rear ventilation grill with integrated access ports to instantly connect the kitchen to water power and drainage
All this for you, now, anywhere you want to cook!
*In 1994 Michael Bogle curated the exhibition Domestic Revolution at Hyde Park barracks in Sydney, for which he commissioned the first Crowd Hyper Kitchen prototype.