What would you expect from a Bavarian restaurant? Hearty food, good beer, a warm, solid and homely interior and a sense of tradition and comfort; Althaus, a new Bavarian restaurant, situated in the centre of Gydnia in Poland, meets all these expectations together with some fresh additional surprises too.
The design for Althaus by PB/STUDIO, in cooperation with Filip Kozarski, combines traditional rustic elements with fresh modern style statements. From the outside, this looks like a very new and stylish addition to Poland's culinary scene. Inside, it gets even more exciting where each room has been given a different character unified through twists on traditional Bavarian design that meet modern style head on. The restaurant serves Bavarian cuisine and the decor reflects this. Elements of Southern Germany have been subtly implemented through the inclusion of bottle green in the lamps and chandeliers, the dominant painted units, the copper in the bold minimalistic light features and the use of mosaic, referencing traditional beer production.
The ground and first floors are flooded with light from the large glass split level facade, welcoming the buzz from the street outside and making passersby stop to take note of the bold design. On the ground floor, white washed panelled walls add a sense of space, whilst the use of rustic cow hide for the seating and soft furnishings, stunning stripped oak, open shelves displaying wine and books and a freestanding vintage dresser give the restaurant a homely authentic feel. On the upper floor, the bar and buffet areas amplify this rustic vibe with bottle green panelling throughout.
The successful juxtaposition of traditional and modern styles is successful at Althaus because of the attention to detail. The design showcases traditional elements within a more lighthearted and simple environment than one would expect. Chequered table cloths on traditional farmhouse tables are lit by simple sleek metal lamps, the design invites in light through the use of the complimentary white paint, working to enhance and refresh the statement bottle green shade used throughout. Even the bathrooms are incredibly charming with the fresh symmetry of the simple brick tiles, continued from the main restaurant, complimenting the somewhat more ornate original monochrome tiled floor.
Natural materials and the addition of quirky features such as the contemporary modern deer heads and round mirrors adorning the walls makes this place feel fun and far from stoic. Althaus’ multiple character invites you to enjoy time dining in what feels like a traditional Bavarian restaurant that's been given some local character enhancements whizzed through a stylish time machine. Althaus is chic because it feels both familiar and totally new at the same time.