Archinect - News 2015-10-13T22:27:51-04:00 Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin scoops up the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award Justine Testado 2015-05-11T18:47:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:32:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>During a ceremony recently held at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona, the European Commission and the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe officially announced the Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin as the 2015 recipient of the&nbsp;biennial European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture &ndash; Mies van der Rohe Award. The 2015 edition first rounded up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">420 projects</a> down to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">40</a>. Then, the jury selected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">five finalists</a> to compete for the high-ranking &euro;60,000 award.</p><p>Completed in 2014 after three years, the Philharmonic Hall replaced the former WWII-era Konzerthaus in Szczecin, Poland. Barcelona-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barozzi / Veiga</a> designed the 3.800 m&sup2; geometric structure with a symphony hall that accommodates 1,000 spectators, a chamber music hall for 200 spectators, a multifunctional exhibition + conference space, and a wide foyer that's spacious enough for also hosting events. To add to that, the hall received a nomination in the Design Museum's popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Designs of the Year</a>.</p><p>Read more about the building...</p> How a postmodernist department store is trying to become the youngest monument in Poland Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T14:40:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T20:18:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As buildings from the postmodern eon continue to age with their residents, questions about historic significance and aesthetic relevance start to surface, leading to often heated debates whether the structures we used to love so much already merit magisterial protection or should give way for the new "now" architecture.</p><p>The case of the Solpol department store in Wroc&#322;aw, Poland is only the latest in a list of soon to be decided PoMo fates: Built in the early 90s, the color- and shapeful structure embodies Poland's violent optimism of that time, when the tristesse of decades of communism was replaced with capitalism's promise of opportunity over night.</p><p>Hailed as "one of the best examples of postmodern architecture in Poland," the Society for Beautifying the City of Wroc&#322;aw (TUMW) and Fundacja Transformator have now filed a motion to the Lower Silesian Monument Conservation Officer to include Solpol on the list of protected monuments.</p><p>Should everything go as planned, this PoMo gem would ...</p> Think of sunnier days ahead with this floating "Walk-On" balcony Justine Testado 2015-02-11T15:07:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="444" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On a regular office workday when the weather is fair, it can be hard to resist stepping outside to take a quick breather. The designers of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zalewski Architecture Group</a> from Gliwice, Poland found themselves in a similar mindset as they looked out onto the dreary courtyard outside from their third-floor office. Then came the idea for the "Walk-on" balcony.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>At only 80 cm wide, the narrow grassy pathway whirls and intertwines with itself while suspended in the air, latching itself to the walls of the surrounding buildings. It also features a polished metal palate underneath that mirrors its surroundings. Unless you're afraid of heights or are seeking a little adventure, the pathway "allows for a relaxing walk 'from office to office'" and adds some whimsical fun to the courtyard, as described by the designers.</p><p>With spring and summer outdoor events around the corner, the Zalewski Group's idea of the "Walk-on" balcony has potential to be fully realized into an interactive installation. From t...</p> Poland's Communist-era buildings: Love them or hate them Archinect 2013-12-19T15:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-20T15:17:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The most visible legacy of Communist rule, the grand and often eye-catching buildings have become a source of heated debate in Poland with critics condemning them as an ugly and unwanted reminder of a past best forgotten. Defenders stress their architectural merits and argue that the buildings are now part of the national heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of Changing The Face 2013 to revamp Warsaw&rsquo;s saw-toothed Rotunda</a></p> Winner of Changing The Face 2013 to revamp Warsaw’s saw-toothed Rotunda Justine Testado 2013-12-09T19:07:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:19:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bart&#322;omiej Gowin and Krzysztof Siuta of Krakow-based GowinSiuta Studio were the first-prize winners of the 2013 Changing The Face competition. Architects were invited to send their proposals to redesign central Warsaw's Rotunda, a landmark and popular meeting space that houses Central Europe's largest bank, PKO Bank Polski.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Visit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> CSA’s “Ribbon of Memory” memorial in Krakow, Poland being built to honor Polish WWII resistance Justine Testado 2013-11-21T18:27:00-05:00 >2013-11-21T18:35:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Ribbon of Memory" by Vienna-based team CSA is currently being built into a memorial dedicated to Polish World War II resistance fighters in Krakow, Poland. CSA's proposal was the winning entry for the international competition held in June 2013 by the World Association of Polish AK veterans. The memorial celebrated its groundbreaking on Sept. 27, and completion is expected in 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images courtesy of CSA.</em></p> Winning entry of the Royal Łazienki Museum competition in Warsaw Justine Testado 2013-11-20T14:37:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T13:32:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team consisting of Mecanoo, Michael van Gessel, DELVA Landscape Architects and Jojko Nawrocki Architekci has been selected to design the new Garden of the 21st Century with integrated exhibition pavilion at the Royal &#321;azienki Museum in Warsaw, Poland. [...] Mecanoo will be planning the exhibition pavilion, while Michael van Gessel and DELVA Landscape Architects are in charge of the garden design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of Mecanoo architecten.</em></p> Gdyby Group project shows potential of empty historic Targ Weglowy Square in Gdansk, Poland Justine Testado 2013-10-18T12:33:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T19:01:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The historic Targ W&#281;glowy Square in Gda&#324;sk, Poland was merely an empty lot before the Gdyby Group (whose name translates to "What if?") in collaboration with City Culture Institute proposed a new public space to revive it. Back in early September, the group installed the numerous cubic box furnishings throughout the lot, where visitors of any age can play, socialize, and relax. Gdyby then gathered public feedback on the project and held an open public discussion about the Square's future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winning Entry Selected for Sobibór Museum-Memorial Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-02T21:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T12:52:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marcin Urbanek, Piotr Michalewicz, and &#321;ukasz Mieszkowski of Warsaw, Poland recently received the first prize for the international Sobib&oacute;r Museum-Memorial competition executed by Dr. Tomasz Kranz on behalf of the State Museum at Majdanek. The competition is part of a multi-stage international project to build a memorial museum in Sobib&oacute;r, the site of a former Nazi-German extermination camp and a mass grave for the camp's victims.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of the NEW VISION OF THE LOFT 2 Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-02T19:37:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:44:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three winners have been selected for the New Vision of the Loft 2 competition, held by Polish roof window manufacturer FAKRO in cooperation with A10 New European Architecture magazine. [...] Entrants were challenged to create a new type of loft space through the inventive use of light and space. Other design requirements included highly energy-efficient technology and using at least 10 FAKRO windows or other products.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Polish Scientists and Engineers Put A New Spin On Underwater Living Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T19:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-15T15:23:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and engineers from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University in Poland have teamed up with other Polish scientific and R&amp;D institutions to come up with a landmark underwater hotel. The Water Discus Underwater Hotel, as it is called, may not be the first but plans for the Dubai venue call for the biggest site of its kind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Narrowest building opens in Poland Archinect 2012-10-22T11:53:00-04:00 >2012-10-23T00:12:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="894" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The narrowest building in Poland, and possibly the narrowest in Europe, is the brainchild of Israeli writer Edgar Keret. It was conceived as a memorial to his parents' family, who died in Warsaw during the World War II Holocaust. The house was actually squeezed in-between two existing central Warsaw residential buildings on the edge of the former Warsaw Ghetto. Polish architect Jakub Szczesny designed the weird construction, which is still a real house with all the necessary facilities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polish architect building world's narrowest house between Warsaw tower blocks</a></p> This Upside Down House Might Make You Dizzy Archinect 2012-05-09T14:08:00-04:00 >2012-05-09T20:48:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People walk out of an upside down house, built by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozanski, in the western Austrian village of Terfens May 5, 2012. The project is meant to serve as a new tourist attraction in the area, and is now open for public viewing. Picture taken May 5, 2012.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zuo corp. Pop-up shop, Bracka 20, Warsaw. Archinect 2011-09-08T00:24:13-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Warsaw, Poland-based studios <strong>Super Super</strong> (Hanna Kokczyn&#769;ska, Jacek Majewski) and <strong>Inside/Outside</strong> (Agnieszka Kuczyn&#769;ska) have shared with us their latest collaboration project, a temporary Pop-up shop for an independent clothing brand Zuo corp.</p> <p> The project was planned initially for the gardens of the Warsaw University Library during the summer. The building of the project however was postponed to the winter and relocated to the city center, opposite the popular Warsaw cafe&#769; 'Mie&#808;dzy Nami&#700; address Bracka 20. Zuo Corp. Pop-up shop opened on the 18th of December and was open for a limited time of just 3 months.</p> <p> The designers were given the use of a small sidewalk space, which would normally be allocated to cafe&#769; 'Mie&#808;dzy Nami&#700; in the summer as a garden cafe&#769;. A major requirement for the project was to use two interconnected office containers (dimensions 4.65 x 5.60 x 2.31m) that the investor had at their disposal. The metal insulated structure of the container was supposed to provi...</p> Avant-garde of tomorrow? Archinect 2011-09-06T14:29:04-04:00 >2011-09-06T14:30:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> An exhibition of young polish architecture 'Avant-garde of tomorrow?' will inaugurate the opening of Centre for Architecture and Design in &#321;&oacute;d&#378; / Poland on the 7th of October. The exhibition gathers 14 of most promising polish designers and "puts focus on individual design process rather than the final product".</p> <p> Together with exhibition opening Grupa Cukier will organise a Pecha Kucha night comprising 10 young polish offices in a series of short briefings on their projects and practices.</p> Polish architect building world's narrowest house between Warsaw tower blocks Paul Petrunia 2011-07-06T12:20:00-04:00 >2012-11-16T16:31:48-05:00 <img src="" width="306" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An alley between an old tenement block and a tower block in Warsaw, Poland, will be the location for the skinniest house in the world. The four-storey home will have a bedroom, lounge, bathroom and kitchen, stretching back nearly 40ft, but instead of the traditional staircase, each floor will be accessed by a ladder. It will take over from the world's current official narrowest house, The Wedge, on the island of Great Cumbrae.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>