Pastry Club Woda isn’t your run of the mill bakery. As its moniker suggests, the space, located in Bydgoszcz, Poland, is hybrid: a bakery by day and a club come night. Even more though, it eschews the neutral, muted colors typical in bakeries. Instead, Polish studio Znamy się and architect Paweł Tatara revel in colorful juxtaposition. Cobalt blue coats the floors, counter, and seating, contrasting against warm orange details. The hues are purposeful. Blue and orange represent the separate day and night functions of the space, as well as mimic the locale of the bakery.
Znamy się converted an old boiler house within the historic Rother’s Mill complex to create the bakery and club. Situated in Bydgoszcz’s Mill Island, the building is surrounded by water. This proximity to inland water transport is crucial now for the site’s current grain and flour granary storehouse and in the past, when it was a historic mill. The architects employed blue to represent the location’s abundant water, while orange represents the sun. The custom-built counter made with rounded cobalt tiles from DTILE, divides the space from the kitchen and customer area, creating spatial flow that nods to the water’s qualities. The subtle shape of the tiles further this concept, adding an organic quality to match the movement of the water.
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