Fast food formats have, until recently, been opening up utility areas to view, showcasing to the customer how they work with the push to fresher ingredients. Recently, however, the rise of a vending machine inspired approach to experience is back on the rise.
In Polanco, in Mexico City, ice-cream parlor Gelatoscopio has brought fun design to the idea. By creating circular ordering hatches on an impactful cool blue wavy wall, the ordering and information point for the ices on offer becomes a dual purpose piece of architecture, built for operational functionality but acting as a standout street fascia as well.
The circles along the wall serve as ordering and pick up points and are repeated as a decorative motif via mirrored and kaleidoscopic circles of varying sizes to add impact.
Designed in collaboration between two local studios, Esrawe and Cadena, the store opens out to the street with patio tables to sit and savour the ices on offer and watch the world go by.