MIXD was given the job of making Foodport both an enjoyable eating experience as well as a dynamic space for work and leisure amidst the colorful design.

  • area / size 21,527 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location Szczecin, Poland,
  • The remodeling of the existing food court in CH Galaxy Szczecin by the MIXD studio is aimed at creating an attractive meeting place where Szczeciners of all ages will feel at home. Foodport reflects the atmosphere of a port city with its local character, where almost everyone had or has their close seamen and shipyard workers.

    Designers from MIXD decided to recreate the visual atmosphere of the port. The central courtyard of the approx. 2,000 m2 food court is surrounded by a wall of containers painted by Szczecin graffiti artists. Restaurants and eateries are somehow built into this circle and freely open towards its center. Here again we will find single containers that will divide the space, fragments of various industrial floors – as if laid and supplemented over the years, until they turn into a real patchwork of tiles. In a truly street, improvised style, a basketball court and stands made of pallets appeared – this is an example of using generally available materials to arrange a space for relaxation and entertainment. Such places can be found not only in the docks of Szczecin, but probably also in every other port city in the world.

    However, two other zones have a strictly local character: “Pasztecik” (Pie) and “Grzybek” (Mushroom). “Pasztecik” is a tribute to the iconic restaurant in Szczecin and the dishes served there – a real street food from Szczecin. The culinary patent, born of the willingness of the employees of the local Społem cooperative to use the machine for baking patties left by the Soviet soldiers, turned into a local tradition and tourist attraction. The bar on Aleja Wojska Polskiego, which has preserved its interior from the times of the Polish People’s Republic, served as a source of inspiration for the designers: from there they drew the original mosaic floor pattern and characteristic forms of tables and bar stools made of metal pipes. In turn, “Mushroom” is a cafe full of books and soft armchairs, hidden under the traffic control tower typical of Szczecin in the port, called “the mushroom”. Local artists also participate in the project – their task will be to create works referring to the Szczecin street art tradition: painting on containers or characteristic graffiti created by futbol fans.

    Foodport is a place where you can not only satisfy your hunger. The main zone combines gastronomic functions (600 seats) and co-working space. There are tables equipped with sockets for charging laptops and phones, ideal for remote work or casual business meetings.

    Design: MIXD
    Design Team: Piotr Kalinowski, Katarzyna Majer-Hola, Anna Stachi, Adam Warchoł, Paweł Panek, Alicja Dziedziela
    Photography: Pion Studio