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Floating Island

Martin Gillam - October 2013

Singapore—It’s feliz cumpleaños—or should that be shengrì kuàilè—to Catalunya Singapore, which celebrated its first anniversary in August as perhaps the city’s most dramatic restaurant design, even for that innovation-hungry island metropolis.

A concept of New York design firm AvroKO (Public, New York City; Social House, Las Vegas; Edge, Miami), Catalunya is a glass dome floating outside The Fullerton Heritage complex, its floor-to-ceiling windows giving diners a 360 degree view of Marina Bay. The restaurant—staffed by kitchen alumni from elBulli, Santi, and Drolma, among others—marry old and new Spanish cuisine, with patatas bravas and suckling pig served alongside modernist favorites like “spherical olives."