T+L Design Awards 2013
Best Retail Space
Sweet Alchemy by Stelios Parliaros, Athens
Designed by Stelios Kois for Kois Associated Architects
A confectionery and pastry shop in Athens, Sweet Alchemy creates an atmosphere of mystery around its many delicacies, presenting them in glass-topped cases in a space that feels a bit like a sorcerer’s workshop. Jars, bottles, bins, and trays of candy, jam, chocolate, and pastry fill the rooms, which are lit dramatically from above; abundant sunlight is refracted through a dense grid of tall metal shelves, highlighting the shop’s many unfinished-wood and concrete surfaces and the very refined sweets on display. 24 Irodotu Str., Kolonaki; parliaros.gr.