They look like a modern foorattractie, with a tiled wall in warm tones and an inviting neon sign on the roof. Brussels will receive ten of such frietkoten, to a design by the young architectural firm Moto.
The city of Brussels replaces ten of obsolete and expired frietkoten by new copies. The city is the owner and rents them out to frituuruitbaters that a charter will be signed about quality, hygiene …
The city of Brussels replaces ten of obsolete and expired frietkoten by new copies. The city is the owner and rents them out to frituuruitbaters that a charter will be signed on quality, hygiene and customer service. The frying come to central places, such as the citroën garage and the Atomium.
Brussels takes the subject best serious. It recognizes the symbolic function of the deep-fryer for the capital of Belgium and launched in July a design. There were 52 proposals from the bus, from six European countries. Often playful.
The winning design starts with respect for the tradition. It is the hand of the young Ghent office Moto, founded by the architects Thomas Hick and Mo Vandenbergh that could warm walk to the renowned Robbrecht & Daem. The classical volume of the ” give them a fresh update. The deep fryer gets a opendraaiende canopy, which in the closed position, a mirrored façade. So goes the frietkot on in his environment. Inside forms tiles in warm colours and an appealing interior. Each chip gets its own signature through a unique neon signs. Moto wants to be there neonkunstenaars for work.
Frietkoten are a life-size Belgian cliché. They are also an enduring social tradition that is also evident from the recognition of our frietcultuur as a world heritage site.
On stadspleintjes and in town centres to form free-standing deep-frying is often a characteristic element. As the frietkot of Jan Muscle from the Nero-strip are often beacons in the social life of a neighborhood. Other than snack bars or fast food outlets, they create a local atmosphere.
‘The chip shop seems to be ugly, banal and simple, ” says architect Mo Vandenbergh. ‘But don’t underestimate them: they are part of our heritage, and claims a high visibility. She is also accessible and democratic: everyone passes through there.’
Typical to the frietkot is his barakconstructie. Vandenberghe: ‘It started as a fairground booth, a mobile foorattractie. A frietkot had to be easy and cheap, but with an attraction where you immediately step off. That was also our starting point for Brussels. No hyperbedacht design, in the form of a cone or so. We chose a simple and recognizable basisverhaal.’
Holds itself Mo Vandenberghe, however, of places where you French fries eaten on the run can eat. “Our frietkot is the basis of streetfood,” he says. ‘But you will notice that more and more in the tribulation. It no longer fits under the tower, or rustic stadspleintjes with water features and trees. The image of a dilapidated see between modern street furniture evokes resentment.’
Yet you put the classic ” better not go away, he thinks. “You must not look away or criticise, but rather to include in the environment. As an important, but also light-hearted statement in the public space.’