04 Jan 2020 • Hospitality
This reinterpretation of an Italian pizzeria grants flexibility to a small space
A pavilion in a revitalised district has been transformed into a pizzeria by Wiercinski - Studio. Despite its small size, the 30 sq-m space includes a kitchen, storage room and toilet, and is able to accommodate 18 seated guests. Named Przyjemność (meaning 'pleasure' in Polish), the restaurant is inspired by Italian hospitality and street food culture, and as such incorporates an open kitchen – a performative element as much as it is a space saver.
Although the design intervention is minimal, bespoke details – such as the integration of a steel flume in the centre of the common granite-topped table used for sauces – make clever use of the compact space. Ceramic pots have been placed on steel meshes set into the existing ceiling trusses. ‘The ceiling elements have been painted the colour of Italian terracotta so that the ceramic flower pots blend into the background and the greenery of the plants comes to the fore,’ the architect says. Cobalt-blue accents are used to contrast the white tiles cladding the walls as well as the granite, marble and terrazzo which are used throughout the scheme for the furnishings and fixtures.
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