The tenement house in 37 Abrahama Street was designed for the company Pantarei. It is a six-storey building with a dense construction. However, the top floor is recessed from the elevation’s face. He building has a light limestone facing with rows of windows which are divided by black window pillars. These lines are so large that they look like ribbon windows.
The entire structure of the tenement house is supported by load-bearing pillars. This solution allowed for a large glazing in the business part of the ground floor. The ground floor is faced with black polished granite tiles. They visually separate the building’s light structure from the dark ground floor. Such play of colours makes the building look as if it was “floating”.
On the ground floor, there is a gateway, which leads to the staircase with a lift. The drive-though entrance hall is flanked with metal bars on both ends. The bars have been replaced with ones, which are decorated by geometric motifs by the Traffic Design association. In the hallway, you can see a glazed in vestibule with black metal divisions into rectangular fields. The walls in the staircase’s interior were covered with honey-shaded patched marble. The same marble appears on the stair risers. On the stairs, we can see micrite limestone panels which are brighter, with a more consistent pattern. The interior is very bright, which is additionally highlighted by the cream-coloured tiles on the floor and landings. The balustrade has w wooden handrail supported by vertical, metal posts and looks like a tape which stretches upwards.
The tenement house for the Pantarei company was the last project by Zbigniew Kupiec in Gdynia completed entirely before the war.
In 2018, several new architectural details were added to the tenement house as a part of a competition to promote good design practices organised by the Gdynia Design Centre and implemented by the Traffic Design Association. A new signboard was designed and made for the café “Desdemona”, a metal plate was made for the companies in the building and details like the gate, the gate’s handle, a light with the building number and a flagstone with the inscription “Pantarei” right next to the entrance gate were added. All the elements are inherent parts of the historic tenement house and, by copying the art déco style, add character to it, though they are not original or historic. The new designs were completed by S.C. Szyman and Maciej Połczyński, under the supervision of Jacek Wielebski.
Pantarei Tenement House