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Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is based on a solar kitchen concept where cooking  is by pure solar energy. The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant rethinks our perception of the kitchen, of cooking, of food, of drink and all of these in relation to nature. The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant invites you to relax and enjoy in a new and exciting way.

The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant aims to follow the sun through Europe this summer, visiting a range of cities where it will present this extraordinary culinary concept. Joining forces to bring this about are world-acclaimed Catalan designer Martí Guixé, Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi and Lapin Kulta beer.

Opening during Milan Design Week 2011 in April, the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant will celebrate the sun, gourmet cooking, beer, life and art on its trail towards the never-setting summer sun of the Arctic Circle.

The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant will be built around a solar kitchen, where the food will be cooked using only alternative energy: the sun. Unlike the traditional way of cooking, solar heat affects the taste and texture of the dish in a surprising and positive way, producing a completely different taste experience.

You are invited to follow the construction of the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant at locations including Milan, Stockholm and Helsinki. You will be able to watch the cooking process and finally to enjoy the food along with Lapin Kulta beer and great company.

An environmental and gastronomic art project as well as a gourmet eatery, the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant highlights key contemporary themes: a nature-driven process, flexibility and immediacy. Depending on the day’s sunshine, the nature-driven kitchen will be able to serve a solar barbecue, meals prepared at lower temperatures or salads. The restaurant will therefore also test people’s flexibility: if it rains, we have to adapt, reschedule and deal with the nature-dependent delays. Immediacy will be evident in the urgency of movements and decisions, and real-time information: a cloud could change the course of a business lunch!

The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant opens at Triennale di Milano 12.4-17.4.2011 and continues to other cities. Open on sunny days.

In collaboration with VEHO


Antto Melasniemi

Antto Melasniemi

Born in 1975, Antto Melasniemi is a hospitality and culinary expert, facilitator and concept  director renowned for his highly praised projects like pop-up restaurant HEL YES! in London. He also runs the restaurants Ateljé Finne and Kuurna in Helsinki and has recently worked for clients such as Artek, Iittala, Nokia and Flow Festival.

Martí Guixe

Marti Guixe

Martí Guixé was born in 1964 in Barcelona. He studied Interior Design in Barcelona and Industrial Design at the Scuola Politecnica Design in Milan. He lives and works “on living matter” between Barcelona and Berlin, dedicating himself to the invention of “bright and simple ideas made of a curious seriousness”; he considers himself an “ex-designer” and works for firms such as Alessi, Camper, Chupa-Chups, Desigual, Droog Design, Saporiti, Magis, Danese….He has exhibited at the MoMA in New York, the Design Museum in London, the MACBA in Barcelona and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.


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In collaboration with VEHO

Chasing the sun - the journeys of Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant

Painting the Restaurant

Cooking in Turku

Rainy Day in Turku

Cooling the beer without electricity

Sodankylä part 2

Sodankylä clouds

Sodankylä first night

Improving the pan

First day in Milan

Beta Version of LKSKR in action, Triennale di Milano.

Leaving Helsinki!

Greetings from MIlan! Here’s the video of Antto the Chef and Aino the little helper packing the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant Vito and leaving towards the Helsinki harbour. The Solar Kitchen Van has just arrived to Milan after wonderful cooking session at lago d Orta yesterday. The sun is shining!

Building party

Solar egg

Antto testing the solar kitchen at Helsinki metropolitan area.



For more information, please contact:

Aino Heikkinen,

Antto Melasniemi,, +358 404115316

Lapin Kulta Brand Manager Pekko Koski, +358 405550858

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Lapin Kulta

Lapin Kulta beer is a national icon of Finland. A refreshing and full-bodied beer brewed in the land of the midnight sun from pure, natural ingredients, Lapin Kulta is deeply rooted in Finland’s pristine natural world.

We all need relaxation and enjoyment to balance the hectic pace of modern life, and Lapin Kulta invites you to pause and savour a relaxed, refreshing moment.