Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

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Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Sugary treats are arranged like ingredients for potions inside this dimly lit patisserie in north Athens.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Greek firm Kois Associated Architects designed the shop, named Sweet Alchemy, for celebrity pastry chef Stelios Parliaros.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Some of the sweets and pastries on sale are contained inside neatly labelled jars, while others are divided up on large storage tables.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Sets of old-fashioned scales are positioned around the shop for weighing precise quantities.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

In the shop window, more jars and containers are displayed within a floor-to-ceiling bronze shelving grid.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

If you're partial to pastries, you may want to check out the other patisseries we've featured, including a shop dedicated to macaroons.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Photography is by George Sfakianakis.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Here's a little more text from Kois Associated Architects:


The project is the design of the new ‘Sweet Alchemy’ pastry shop in Athens Greece.
The store is located in the up market suburb of Kifisia in the northern region of Athens. The client is Stelios Parliaros who is considered to be the best Patisserie in Greece, author of many culinary books and host of a very popular patisserie show in Greek TV.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Alchemy a notion associated with darkness mystery and mysticism practiced in laboratories full of peculiar enigmatic devices, rare distils crystals and potions. These images were the starting point for the development of a central idea, the recreation of this atmosphere in a contemporary outtake.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

The space is characterised by the high degree of transparency which was manipulated in order to diffuse the light and filter the optic penetration. The role of light was highly regarded and thoroughly studied since the beginning in order to create a unique solution for the particular location and user. Light and shadow change throughout the day giving the space a unique atmosphere every moment. Serenity is followed by tension and drama.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

The punctured bronze skin of the main facades creates the impression of the chamber of treasures, of the golden cage which encloses the precious, the rare commodity, the sin of the pleasure of the forbidden fruit.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

The philosophy behind the choice of materials was in tune with the philosophy of our client. Selection of the raw materials and no substitutes, Iron, bronze, copper and wood were selected for their natural characteristics and were only processed but not altered in order emulate an appearance.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Our purpose was not the stenographic representation of a mystic environment but the formulation of the spirit of the place, the ‘genius loci’, the atmosphere that will saturate the space and will transform it to a true place with its very own distinctive character.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

The sense of mythical, the mysterious discovery and the transition to an other reality were the characteristics of the ‘Sweet Alchemy’ of Mr. Parliaros and those we wanted to transfuse to the new store.

Sweet Alchemy by Kois Associated Architects

Principal Architect: Kois Stelios
Design team: Patsiaouras nikos, Marielina Stavrou. Philipos Manolas
Construction: Korfiatis Kostas

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Fix my medicine! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/phamthivananh Bò Trùm Sò

    It reminds me to the works of Super Potato in Japan

  • lena charisouli

    outstanding!!

  • Aviel

    i like the atmosphere!