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Wiktoria Bartczak - "At the source of bread. Adapting the interiors of an old mill in Sompolno into a place for baking, tasting and a bread museum"

03 of June '24

Work submitted for the competition
"Best Interior Diploma".

The main idea of the project was to refer to the old function, but to develop and reinterpret it. Previously, the mill in Sompolno had the role of storing grain and making flour, and now it would be used to bake bread and then sell it. My idea was to create a bakery that aims to show the entire process of its kneading and baking, through the zones that have been designated in the project.


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The project also presents a workshop space, which, with reference to history - will allow, as in the past, to transmit knowledge about bread baking. Also, the tasting area will allow social development of residents, as well as meetings, spending time together and tasting various new flavors. Another important aspect in the design of the mill was the use of facilities for customers, ensuring that they can move around seamlessly, and allowing them the freedom to prepare their own meals.



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The mill on Kaliska Street in Sompolno is a brick building that was built in 1920. Currently, the building is a vacant building. Access to its interior is very limited, which is due to a broken ceiling. The condition of the building is unsatisfactory, so the potential of the site is untapped. The changes to the found object are most evident in the floor plan of the functional layout. The entire structure is based on wooden pillars, which are located in the axis of the building, and it is on them that all the attention is focused.



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The first floor was designed to observe the process of baking bread. The working space is divided into ten zones showing the stages of the process. On the first floor, in addition to the working zone, there is also the sale of baked goods, which are displayed on specially prepared shelves and in glass display cases. Above the work zone is technical lighting with LED lamps to give the room a raw and industrial feel. On two sides, the brick walls are covered by additional walls covered with lime plaster, which are offset by fifteen centimeters, giving the impression of greater spaciousness.



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The second floor in the central part houses a metal countertop surrounding the structural columns. It is used for the preparation and greasing of bread by customers. On either side are seating and tasting areas. Along the axis of the room are two metal chimneys, which are used to heat the bread. Inside them run pipes connected to the ovens on the lower floor. They have a door, behind which is an area for heating bread. On either side of them are shelves made of metal profiles, on which preserves and many other extras with which to prepare bread are to eventually appear.



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The third floor is focused on the museum and workshop area. The central part was designed for the workshop by placing a large table and technical lighting above it. On either side of it, photographs depicting the construction of the mill were hung in parallel on metal profiles. The photographs have been divided into four vertical sections, thus introducing openwork, but also providing access to sunlight coming through more windows. At the end of the room is a historical exhibit depicting old bread-making and storage tools. Both the workshop and museum space here play an educational and social role, allowing the spread of knowledge about the history, traditions and ways of baking bread. This type of function provokes the integration of the local community through the possibility of organizing workshops.

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© Wiktoria Bartczak

The project has been completed with facilities for wheelchair users, providing adequate width of passageways and a glass elevator with a footbridge for the disabled, which will allow seamless movement between floors.



© Wiktoria Bartczak

The designed space in its form presents coherence mainly through the materials used, which are already present in the existing building. No major changes were made to the building's appearance, and the focus was on preserving its raw and industrial character. Minimalism and industrialism can be observed by limiting the use of a large number of different materials, and thanks to the open space.



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