The characteristic post-war appearance of the Mills, with the linking section just above the water and the logo, has created a spatial memory of the place which we decided to preserve. We added a cosy green square in the form of an embankment hiding the garage and serving as an open public space. The existing window openings have been enlarged, making the original outline visible while varying the degree of transparency of the new glazing. The difference between the new and the historic is still clear. The building takes on a different form depending on the amount of light and temperature, which may seem more dynamic because of the mobile façades.



Witolda 3840 is an example of how to reclaim a place for the city and enter into a dialogue with its pre-war, post-German fabric. Because of the increasingly vibrant urban life along the Oder, we decided to create a metropolitan boulevard in keeping with the existing development in the area, thus revitalising and activating the waterfront. The new pavilion with flats and restaurants increases the functional attractiveness of the area while formally reducing the height of the second line of development, making the front more accessible from the side of the river. The stylistic simplicity of the building reflects our intention to be unobtrusively present in this historic site.



Embedded in the chaotic fabric of this part of the city, the building was primarily intended to clearly separate the most important components of the newly constructed service complex. The simple form, classical divisions and muted colours bind the whole together, while the limited means of expression, repetition and modularity convey information about the functional programme. All this has been done so as not to divert attention away from the new spatial relationships and allow local residents to become familiar with them. Time will tell whether a bustling piece of the city can be created in the vastness of this mono-functional residential district.