Noma chef René Redzepi. Photo: Yuya Shino/Scanpix
Denmark’s best-known chef René Redzepi told the New York Times on Monday that he plans to introduce an ambitious new version of Noma in an industrial area near Christiania.
Redzepi’s new vision is to convert the unused land into an urban farm with Noma at its centre.
The facility will include a partially floating farm and a greenhouse roof that will be tended to by a full-time farming staff. According to Danish entertainment site AOK, the new Noma will be designed by star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
Redzepi, 37, told the Times that despite his restaurant winning the Best Restaurant in the World title four times, he thinks its time to shut it down and start anew.
“We’re just finding our way. Even though it has been successful, even though it has had media attention and all that,” he said.
The last night of business for Noma in its current format will be New Year’s Eve 2016 before Noma 2.0 reopens later in 2017. Before the urban farm sees the light of day, however, Redzepi and company will temporarily relocate to Sydney, Australia from December 2015 – April 2016.
Redzepi's full interview with the New York Times can be read here.