Hala Koszyki, the first food market hall in Poland, was built in 1906-1909 and reopened in 2016 after revitalisation.

We were asked to design ‘interventions’ - elevation signs, a mural and an urban game. Our main goal was to tell a piece of story of the Hall.

Our lettering signs were inspired by the old preserved ones, which still exist on the elevation. Words used in mural are brought from old Polish language i.a. “Woda sodowa”(soda water), “Pocztówki dźwiękowe” (sound postcards), “Jarzyny"(greengrocery) which we've found at the old photos from the Hall.

Designed in Mamastudio
Art Direction: Magdalena Ponagajbo & Zuzanna Rogatty
Graphic Design: Zuzanna Rogatty
Project Manager: Magdalena Assanowicz
Collaboration with Kolektyf, JEMS Architekci.
photos: Zuzanna Rogatty, JEMS Architekci, Kolektyf (Maciej Kruger),
photo archives

Catch them all

Second part of the project was an ‘urban game’ inside the Koszyki Hall. We’ve designed a set of 12 icons and painted them in hidden corners of the hall. Each of them tells a piece of history of the building, which you can read in the app.

Selected stories:

1/12 — The name of Koszyki (Baskets) probably came from a shaft protecting Warsaw from cholera epidemic in 1770. It was supposedly built from baskets.

3/12 — The steel used in original construction of the Hall was transported from construction site of Modlin Fortress. It wasn’t accepted there because of its pretty bad quality.

5/12 — In XVIII century in the place of the Hall, there was a grange owned by Stanisław August Poniatowski. It was so luxurious that there was an astronomical observatory on the roof.

7/12 — During communistic regime the Hall was one of the few market in whole Warsaw where people could buy a bottle of beer named Krakus (todays Żywiec).