In September 1927, the Łuszczarnie i Młyny Krakowskie (Cracow Mills) was the first private company to conclude a lease agreement on a yard at the Indian Quay. The construction of the Rice Mill was started soon after that and at the end of the same year the first and most distinct architectural site of the interwar period in the Gdynia port began to emerge. He entire project was completed by Kazimierz Krzyżanowski and Co. Construction Company.
Apart from the key production building, the Mill complex consisted of a large warehouse, a detached administration building, a residential building, a porter’s lodge and a boiler house with workshops. All the elevations were designed with two-colour horizontal stripes on them which, in a way, brought the window openings together. The red and white colours are a reference to the Polish national colours. Additional, metal details which are a reference to art déco were used on the administration building’s front. As far as style is concerned, the Gdynia Rice Mill should be classified as functionalism – an avant-garde modernism.
The Rice Mill, popularly known as “ricery”, was a cutting edge, highly mechanical plant. During the rice hulling process, only five highly-qualified workers were required in the building. They would merely supervise the machines’ work. In 25 minutes, a grain of rice would go through 16 different machines, and ultimately it ended up in a bag, without even being touched by human hands. The possibility to pile rice bags up to 14 metres with special electric lifts was another technological innovation applied in the warehouse.