Somewhere in Southern Iran, particularly in Shiraz, lies a restaurant built in SALT.
Yes, the rock salt you’re imagining right now!
The very unique restaurant is the inspiration of Iranian firm Emtiaz Designing Group, who used salt as the main construction material in order to promote the concept of green construction. They created the building using environmentally sustainable, locally sourced, affordable salt, powder and rock.
The resto’s walls, bar, tables and chairs are entirely made of the white mineral, even the stairs have a smooth, salty coating.
Hmmm…If you’re in doubt, GO AHEAD and TASTE IT!
In this particular case, the walls, structural sculptures and ceilings are made from salt sourced from the nearby salt mines and salt lake of Shiraz which was mixed with natural gum to harden it,” said a spokesperson of the firm.
To begin with, the project had undergone through a thorough study on the appropriate type of salt and its combination with natural gums. The designers started their research at the natural salt mines and the salt lake located close to the 150-square meter restaurant site.
The designers wanted to make sure the interiors of the restaurant to look twisted and turned just like they do in natural salt caverns.
Once the research phase was over, they designed the walls, roof and stairs to represent a modern view of salt caves – and the result was striking! They handcrafted the tables entirely from rock salt and recycled soft drink cans were used to surface the stairs and chair frames, which was another way of keeping down the carbon footprint.
Although, it may be WEIRD, salt is actually a wise choice of construction material for the restaurant because it purifies the air and creates positive ions in the atmosphere.
Other than that, as what they say, an exposure to salt can treat medical conditions. So, eating at the Salt Restaurant could give one several benefits and you’re rest assured that the food won’t be bland!