MIXD brought history and a fun style to mall eatery, Foodstacja, complete with a kids area, multiple options for seating, and eye-catching open spaces to enjoy the space.

  • area / size 39,826 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Wrocław, Poland,
  • The new gastronomic zone in the Pasaż Grunwaldzki shopping center in Wrocław, designed by MIXD, is not referred to as “thoroughly Wroclaw”. The inspiration for her project was Wrocław, its history and iconic places as well as nostalgia in the 90s. Today, a few months after the opening of Foodstacja, it is already known that Wrocław residents liked it and in accordance with the investor’s and designers’ vision they treat it as a place of meetings, work, study, spending free time, and not only eating meals.

    The Pasaż Grunwaldzki, which belongs to EPP, is located in the center of Wrocław, at the crossroads of routes that the inhabitants of this city cross every day: teenagers, students, families with children, retirees. It is not surprising that in the 90s there was something here that could be called the first shopping center – the Goliath bazaar in the circus tent, where the first private buyers offered their makeshift stalls.

    Nostalgia for those pioneering times of Polish capitalism – and for childhood in the 1990s – can be seen in many places in Foodstation. Here you will find classic k67 kiosks from Yugoslavia – still commonly found on Polish streets and markets. Here, however, you do not sell newspapers or casseroles, but rather are a shelter for those tired of shopping, wanting to read or talk on the phone. Yellow Nyska is also no longer a van, but a place to sit or even lounging on large cushion seats. Younger residents of Wrocław are eager to play the cult slot machine games or go crazy in the special Kids Play zone. Elders can drink coffee in the Jubilatka – named after a famous Wrocław cafe – or relax on sunbeds in Odra Bar decorated with kayaks and reed umbrellas.

    Piotr Kalinowski from MIXD emphasizes that the key in the nearly 1,000-seat Foodstation were: the division of space into various microzones and their adaptation to the needs of various groups visiting Pasaż Grunwaldzki. “We have zones that are addressed to a specific group of recipients, such as the Library in which students of nearby universities willingly hang out, and those that are universal, such as Hit 91 – an auditorium from which you can admire Grunwald Square. We also have many details that make you smile and encourage you to have fun … or take a picture of yourself. These include wheel of fortune, mirror ceiling or wall from 27 old box TVs. ” In addition to Wroclaw vintage accents, there are also completely current ones, such as neon lights, graffiti and elements of graphic identification designed and made by local artists from the Kolektyf group.

    It is similar with furniture – we have here a historical cross-section – from furniture from the times of the deep PRL to quite modern. The colors and graphic elements are inspired by the aesthetics of the 90s – youth magazines, album and cassette covers, food labels, premises signs, and TV headlamps.

    Design: MIXD
    Design Team: Katarzyna Majer-Hola, Piotr Kalinowski, Paweł Panek, Agnieszka Kaczara
    Contractor: Baumont
    Photography: Mariola Zolodz