In­te­rior For a pizze­ria in the Nether­lands, ter­razzo and steel set a raw tone

In Rot­ter­dam, an in­dus­trial land­scape of ter­razzo and steel sets the scene for an Ital­ian clas­sic


LAUNCHED IN 2012 AS A FOOD TRUCK BUSI­NESS that brings premium, Neapoli­tan-style piz­zas to mu­sic fes­ti­vals and out­door events, Old Scuola has be­come one of Rot­ter­dam’s trendi­est hot spots since open­ing its first per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion in May. When it came to plan­ning the flag­ship, the own­ers wanted some­thing dif­fer­ent from a tra­di­tional pizza joint and turned to Bas­ti­aan Kalmeyer and Chan­tal Schoen­mak­ers of lo­cal stu­dio In­sta­bil­ity We Trust. The frame­work IWT be­gan with was

Het In­dus­triege­bouw – one of the city’s most iconic mod­ernist build­ings and home to many creative busi­nesses, in­clud­ing ar­chi­tects’ of­fices and the de­sign shop Groos. The stu­dio de­vel­oped a vi­sion for a “spa­tial ma­chine” that would com­bine a com­fort­able din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with a high-vol­ume pro­duc­tion kitchen, which would dou­ble as home base for the mo­bile busi­ness. Ap­proach­ing with this “fac­tory logic” en­abled the de­sign­ers to fo­cus on three main el­e­ments: sound, tac­til­ity and light.

Wrapped on two sides by dou­ble-height win­dows, the raw space is dom­i­nated by ex­posed con­crete. IWT in­serted a steel “fa­cil­ity strip” that runs the length of the space and houses stor­age, bath­rooms, two 3,000-kilo­gram wood-fired ovens, and a metal-clad stair­case lead­ing to the en­tresol. A trio of ter­razzo bars de­fines the kitchen, of­fer­ing sur­faces that are equally po­etic and prac­ti­cal. “Ter­razzo, be­sides be­ing a very Ital­ian ma­te­rial, is also sus­tain­able and solid,” ex­plains Kalmeyer. Three dif­fer­ent sizes of mar­ble stones cre­ate vis­ual play­ful­ness in the coun­ter­tops, which are made with three-cen­time­tre chips; in the bases, which use a two-cen­time­tre size; and in the back bar, made with one-cen­time­tre grains.

Bistro chairs by Fameg and linoleum-topped ta­bles es­tab­lish the din­ing area, where a mint­green felt cur­tain adds warmth to the min­i­mal pal­ette. Over­head, fac­tory-in­spired acous­tic baf­fles are formed from per­fo­rated steel and are rein­ter­preted to in­cor­po­rate light­ing above the bar. “We wanted more in­di­rect, at­mo­spheric light here, and the curved, per­fo­rated metal casts these beau­ti­ful light dots,” says Kalmeyer. ”There’s a fun hid­den fea­ture here too: The frame can be dropped, and you in­stantly have a more in­ti­mate set­ting.”, old­

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