06. 26. 2006
Zaha Hadid's Kitchen of the Future
Jane Jetson had it easy living in her space-age futuristic home. Though she was a homemaker, Rosie the Robot or some other electronic contraption really did all the hard work. When it was time to make dinner, all she had to do was dial up a meal. Imagine that?
Architect Zaha Hadid has imagined such a life for the housewife. And I'm hoping that one day soon it becomes reality. As part of Zaha Hadid: Thirty Years in Architecture — on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through October 25 — this two-island kitchen of the future is laid out in Annex Level 7 gallery, adjacent to the museum rotunda.
Made of steel corian, the two islands — one fire and the other water — come replete with a multimedia environment, aroma heater, and mac lighting. The elongated fire island features three spigots that emit pleasing aromas, a vertical LCD screen for watching TV or surfing the Web, a control panel to adjust lighting according to your mood, an oven range, and a hotplate. The water island houses a sink, dishwasher, and drying rack. An appliance akin to a microwave sits embedded in the wall slightly beyond the water island, while storage cabinets line the rest of the wall's surface surrounding the two islands.
It's not quite Jane Jetson's kitchen, with the ability to relieve you from all the mundane kitchen chores like cooking or washing dishes, but I'd trade my kitchen in for one like this any day.