A proposal to transform a new Warsaw shopping mall with a timber terraced roof garden, hanging wooden capsules for diners and a restaurant zone with live street cooking has been selected in a major design competition.
Broadway Malyan’s concept for the food and entertainment zones of the Galeria Mlociny were selected by developer Echo Investment and consultants JLL following an invited competition that also included Chapman Taylor and Sud Architectes.
The practices were asked to create a structured and coherent architectural concept for the restaurant and entertainment areas with different functional zones and defined space for various types of events as well all-year use of the roof garden.
Szymon Minczuk, regional leasing director at Echo Investment, said the winning design will bring significant added value to the mall which is located next Mlociny Junction, one of the city’s busiest transport hubs with more than 24 million passengers a year.
He said: “We have created an area that will naturally attract and one which you will want to come and spend time in. A place that will primarily focus on a variety of interactions from meetings with family and friends, sampling new flavours and culinary experiences, rubbing shoulders with culture and hosting interesting events, sport and outdoor activities.”
Broadway Malyan’s design concept focuses on a series of unique experiences including dining while suspended a dozen metres above the floor in a restaurant with tables in unique hanging wooden capsules suspended below a glass roof whose shape reflects the overall architecture of the centre.
“We have created an area that will naturally attract and one which you will want to come and spend time in.”Szymon Minczuk, regional leasing director, Echo Investment
Another zone has been arranged resembling a pedestrian walkway with street food, intimate and friendly lighting and surrounded by greenery while the central area is a multi-functional space with a gourmet avenue with food trucks, space for culinary events, pop ups, flash retailing and amateur street performances.
Broadway Malyan director Robert Kaminski said: “The restaurant zone concept that we have proposed at Galeria Młociny is a design project with lots of character, in which one will spend time, and which will be worth returning back to.
“We strived to bring the atmosphere of a meal amongst the greenery, outdoors, eating out at street bistros, street art and live street cooking. The concept also ties in to Bielany - a district of Warsaw associated with greenery, a place of rest and entertainment.
“Permeating spaces, lots of light and fresh-air and shapes and furniture with character, will play a key role in each of the functional zones. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the restaurant area will seamlessly change into a unique atmosphere on the timber terraced roof garden, where, next to cafes, relaxation and play areas, there will be a park in which to take a walk, a viewing point and lots of shrubbery, creating a place where nature and the city meet in harmony.”
Galeria Mlociny is scheduled to open in spring 2019.