Aan Zee Restaurant — Oostvoorne, Netherlands
Peeking out of a solitary patch of land within the Voornes Duin nature reserve in the Netherlands is the twisting spiral of a new restaurant, called ‘Aan Zee’. Designed by Amsterdam-based firm Emma Architects, the striking structure is completely self-sufficient, using the sun, wind and wood fire as sources for its heating, cooling, ventilation and water management. Fashioned mainly out of glass and wood, which has been left chemically untreated and heated to withstand the elements, the building can also be dismantled, with each material component fully re-usable. Using fresh ingredients from local farmers and fisherman, the menu comprises a mouth-watering array of comfort treats from tomato soup to cheese and ham toasties.