Eataly in Austin
Eataly is a new concept for a food court, that offers products of quality (locally produced…) and promotes slow food. The building is located in West campus. It comprises a market on the first floor, a food court on the second floor and a rooftop. It represents for the student population a place where they can buy delicious italian food at the foot of their flat, or gather around a glass of beer freshly made in the building’s microbrewery.
The main idea for this building is to create a path running through the building, to make the clients move around, and discover their favorite place: a terrasse where they can have their coffee, a bar with a nice view on the University tower, or a huge greenhouse where the tomatoes they just bought are grown. The building is articulated around three main courtyards that act as light wells and allow natural ventilation through the building. After these excavations, the building is left with different rooms defined by the surrounding voids, with their own qualities of view, of light, of space. As a result, the building very transparent, and that also serves the circulation: each space offers views on the next one. All those layers are a strong component of the building: the alternance of glass, air and the wooden shading device creates a thick envelope with different levels of intimacy to the center of the building, at the very heart of this new place for social interaction around healthy food.