This project is the result of an architectural competition won by Roark Studio. The plot under study contained a dilapidated building - a former bread factory - Germania Brotfabrik. The idea was to create a distinctive, living place on the map of Gdańsk and to revitalize this part of the city. The structure was meant as a kind of urban anchor that would attract residents by offering an interesting functional programme - all the more interesting as the investment is located on the Motława River.
In addition to the architecture of the building, the designers proposed the creation of a city square along the southern facade of the building. The function and character of this space were aimed at sports and recreation in a variety of forms suitable for all ages.
Historical artifacts preserved from the former bread factory building, owing to the architects’ diligence, provided additional inspiration. For instance, steel chimney clamps were reimagined as a chandelier in the entrance hall, marked bricks were used to enrich the walls in the common areas, and one of the rings used for tying horses to a wall was incorporated into the facade of the new building. There is now a statue of a horse attached to it, which on the one hand serves as a reminder of the former building, and on the other hand constitutes an original element of the urban landscape, attracting residents and tourists alike.
The intention of the investor - NDI Development - was to build a residential structure meant for tourists and people who would like to live in close proximity to the Gdańsk city centre. In addition, most of the ground floor area was dedicated to services, with a two-storey restaurant on the river side. Roark Studio’s competition design was selected for its outstanding architectural solutions, the way it references history, and the most fitting relevance to the investor's functional program.
The Chlebova Apartments building is situated on the edge of the Young City – a new district of Gdańsk, which is being built in the city’s revitalized post-industrial areas. The plot is located on the Motława River, on the walking route between the Old Town and the former Gdańsk Shipyard. The Museum of the Second World War – a popular tourist destination – is in its immediate vicinity.
The envisioned city square – currently being realised by the efforts of another investor – will make the most interesting stop on the route from the Old Town to Young City. The landscaping, although inherently elegant, retains a rather informal expression, with plenty of places to sit and abundant greenery.
The building was placed alongside an existing tenement house; however, for this area city planners envisioned taller buildings than were there historically. Chlebova Apartments is one of the first modern buildings in the Young City, and so the architects were intent on designing something captivating and unique – something that would become a preview of the architecture to come, or the manner of thinking about urban space, aptly characterising the Young City.