Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
zmianatematu in Łódź, Poland by xm3
September 20th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: xm3
Restaurant: „zmianatematu.”, Piotrkowska 144, Łódź
The restaurant is located in the very centre of Łódź – on the most important street in the city – Piotrkowska. The street – once a symbol of wealth of the one of the richest cities in this region of Europe is now an axis of mostly poor and degenerated district with monumental architecture from before the II World War.
With a very small budget we created an outstanding space to host the artistic and culture parties for the creative youth of the city. The owners of the restaurant want to propose a space for happenings, art-exhibitions, and various art-oriented venues.
As young architects from the Capital City Warsaw with the local Łódź art-oriented youth investors we tried to aim at city’s condition and aspirations and create a reminiscent of the cutting-edge environment which has a connection with the city identity. The city’s name translates literally as “a Boat”. Inspired by a Boston BanQ restaurant we tried to create a blobish form similar to the boat roof form which eats in the old monument-building’s space.
The building itself dates to the end of XIX century. The elevation is a typical Neo-classical style. During the years the ground floor has changed function several times. Now being empty and unfinished the inside offered us the space to take and adjust. We decided to leave it as raw as it was possible. The proposal was to make the floor from the epoxy mass, leave the walls in raw roughcast and take the electrical installation out and leave it on the walls covered in steel, black tubes.
The only element added is this alien form, a “hub” that creeps to the volume from the inside of the building, which then creates the bar and divides the space in to several functional areas.
We can also see another division. This what is new and touches with the recently renovated external elevation of the building (the outside classical world) is new and white. The internal: dividing and construction walls as well as ceiling are in raw roughcast.
The “hub” itself is cnc cut plywood. It is designed by sectioning the form, generated by adjusting to the space and to all installations hidden by it. The sectioning and preparing for fabrication was done in Rhino/Grasshopper software. During the prototyping phase we decided to do some additional furniture for the restaurant as the mock-up for the real structure.
The furniture designed for the interior are the coffee tables, made of sectioned grid plywood and the bench which morphs from the bar counter.
Beginnings of the Group are the talks and actions between two architecture students: Michał Olszewski and Mateusz Wójcicki. During its activity Grupa xm3 was the field of collaboration between: Ania Dobek, Marcin Brzeski, Maciej Kurkowski, Julian Nieciecki, Maciej Olczak, Michał Olszewski oraz Mateusz Wójcicki. At the start, with a name „x/y m3”, the Group collaborated with Marek Rytych Architecture Office, during competitions such as: “Plac Trzech Krzyży” in Warsaw and “Sinfonia Varsovia” in Warsaw. During these projects the main core of the team emerged. It consisted of: Maciej Kurkowski, Julian Nieciecki, Maciej Olczak and Mateusz Wójcicki.
The most important successes of the Group are: The Honourable Mention in the competition for “Plac Trzech Krzyży” in Warsaw (together with Marek Rytych Architecture Office), II-nd prize in the urban competition in Łódź: „Wielkomiejska Piotrkowska” and II-nd prize (no 1st announced) for the renovation of the Piotrkowska St. In Łódź: „Piotrkowska Obiecana”.
Maciej Kurkowski (1986)
From the first year of studies he gathered experience by working with many Warsaw-based architectural offices, doing concept and execution designs. This was before he co-operated with Grupa xm3 between 2010-2011. Now his designs are characterised by a strong context of the space and attention for detail. He’s main field is public space design.
Julian Nieciecki (1989)
He collaborated with architectural offices in award winning competition as well as designed industrial forms that were put into the mass production. He co-operated with Grupa xm3 between 2010-2011.
Mateusz Wójcicki (1985)
Since his first years of studies he collaborated with lots of architectural offices in award winning architectural competitions. He co-operated with Grupa xm3 between 2010-2011. After the closing of the Group he further explores the paths of computer generated forms, industrial design and public space design.