Sweet Alchemy by 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 celebrity pastry chef 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.

Greek firm Kois Associated Architects designed the shop.

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

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

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

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

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

Photography is by George Sfakianakis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Via: Dezeen.com

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Comment by Shaamila Cassim on February 8, 2012 at 10:30

One of the hottest (and sweetest ofcourse) stores Iv seen!

Comment by Danielle on February 8, 2012 at 20:29

I think its hard to top fournos... but "Sweet Alchemy" has done it.

Comment by Cover Girl on February 9, 2012 at 9:28

@Danielle , fournos is a bakery! But I suppose the closest we have to a patisserie in SA

Comment by Jozi Review on February 9, 2012 at 10:50


also .... fournos. yucky 

Comment by Jozi Review on February 9, 2012 at 10:54


Comment by Jozi Review on February 9, 2012 at 10:54

What about la Patisserie in Illovo, thats pretty awesome

Comment by alexandra avgitidis on February 9, 2012 at 10:58
Patisserie is not only awesome it has the best red velvet cup cakes and cakes!
Comment by Shaamila Cassim on February 9, 2012 at 11:02

And awesome macaroons and petit fours @alexandra, and lots of love and good coffee @Jozi ;)

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