Archinect - News 2017-08-21T10:17:42-04:00 The many faces of MVRDV's shape-shifting Baltyk Tower Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:27:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Turning iconicity on its head, MVRDV have designed a striking building that purposefully refuses easy categorization. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the Baltyk Tower seems to assume different forms, a look that is achieved by a series of scenic terraces and a rippling glass-fronted concrete facade.</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>From one angle, the tower appears to be svelte, a compact wedge on Poznan, Poland's streets. However, from another perspective the tower broadens and becomes a kind of gigantic civic staircase. Regardless of where one views the building, the inventive facade gives the structure a dynamic, shifting quality.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>As MVRDV co-founder&nbsp;Nathalie de Vries explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;When we came to Pozna&#324; for the first time, the goal was clear: we were to realize an office building with public functions on the first two layers and at the top. But also that offered a range of amenities for the community and general public. We realised if we could control...</p></figure></figure> Frank Gehry to design new Krakow Academy of Music complex Justine Testado 2017-04-11T12:51:00-04:00 >2017-04-11T12:51:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Krakow Academy of Music recently announced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners</a> as the winner of a competition to design the school's new complex of educational facilities and main concert hall, which will be built on a former military site in the southern part of Krakow's Grzego&#769;rzki district.</p><p>When the Krakow Academy of Music, a Polish higher-ed institution, launched the two-stage competition last year, they sought a &ldquo;lively&rdquo; design that presented the most fitting architectural, functional, and acoustic solutions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Images via</em></p><p>The initial renderings depict a campus of silver cubic buildings with slightly skewed edges, and it looks pretty typical of the Gehry brand to anyone already familiar with his work. In explaining their decision, the jury noted how the winning proposal has &ldquo;good integration&rdquo; with the site and realizes its full potential, allowing room for future developments. &ldquo;The composition of the designed buildings of the Academy is created with a complex of pavilions respectf...</p> Construction begins on Varso Tower, set to become Poland's tallest building Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T13:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T14:57:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="919" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At 53 stories tall, the Foster + Partners-designed Varso Tower is set to become the tallest building Poland. Construction has just begun on the office tower, which is being developed by HB Reavis and is part of a complex that includes two other buildings designed by Hermanowicz Rowski Architects. It will also have an observation deck&mdash;one of the highest in Europe&mdash;where tourists can ogle Warsaw&rsquo;s skyline.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;We believe that Varso Tower will have a unique place on Warsaw&rsquo;s skyline, but most importantly it will establish a new destination capable of revitalising this urban quarter, right in the heart of the city. The building contains high-quality and flexible office space, but it also makes an important contribution to the city with its glazed public courtyard at ground level and the spectacular viewing platforms with restaurants at the top. These public galleries offer panoramic views of the city to everyone. We are really looking forward to construction." said Grant Brooker, Head of Stu...</p> Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes and Hayball among big winners in 2016 World Architecture Festival Justine Testado 2016-11-18T18:44:00-05:00 >2016-11-26T18:08:28-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 2016 World Architecture Festival has come to a close. After a final round of presentations and jury critiques for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Day One</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two</a> category winners, the National Museum in Szczecin in Poland made it to the top as the ninth recipient of the coveted World Building of the Year. Designed by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, the museum&nbsp;joins previous winners like&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Interlace</a> by OMA/Ole Scheeren in Singapore and a21studio's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chapel</a> in Vietnam.</p><p>During the Friday awards gala dinner, other winning announcements included South Melbourne Primary School by Hayball for Future Project of the Year, while the Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand by Isthmus scooped Landscape of the Year. Last but not least, the Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Architecture won Small Project of the Year for their ZCB Bamboo Pavilion.</p><p><strong>WORLD BUILDING OF THE YEAR: National Museum in Szczecin, Poland by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Jury chair David Chipperfield cited the National Museum as an &ldquo;optimistic...</p> Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science to host an international art fair Nicholas Korody 2016-08-22T12:53:00-04:00 >2016-09-01T01:06:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="885" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Palace of Culture and Science, a 237 meter tall socialist realist high-rise, towers over the city of Warsaw, Poland. Given as a &ldquo;gift&rdquo; to the Polish people by the Soviet Union, the building was originally called the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science. It was built between 1952 and 1955 and, for many Varsovians, is an ugly reminder of the Stalinist era.</p><p>Now, it&rsquo;s about to reinvest in its eponymous program with an international art fair. Hosting some 20 art galleries from Warsaw as well as other European cities, the &ldquo;Not Fair&rdquo; is schedule to open on September 22, 2016. Each gallery will present a solo show by one of their represented artist, which must take into account the &ldquo;special character&rdquo; of the Palace.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="">According to the founder of Not Fair, Michal Wolinski, the event is intended to &ldquo;merge the mood and quality of an art exhibition with the opportunities that art fairs provide for cutting-edge galleries and young artists&rdquo;.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Art Newspaper</a></p><p>For more news from Poland, c...</p> Jems Architecki's Polish conference center is built on an old coal mine Sponsor 2016-07-29T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T15:59:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";ut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras International Seating</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Katowice, a city of 300,000 inhabitants in the South of Poland, wants to leave its past of mining industry behind. In the heart of the city, and on what was formerly a mine and its inevitable mountains of mining residue, today we find there the new City Conference Centre: <a href=";utm_medium=Edit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MCK &#8208; International Conference Centre (ICC)</a>, designed by the most internationally known group in Poland, Jems Architecki.</p><p>The building, a unique block of 388,500m3, was erected (or submerged, depending how you look at it) in the new cultural area of the city, right next to the <em>Spodek</em> (saucer in English), the emblematic building of 1962, symbol of the city and which needed to be complemented in both aesthetics and in what it had to offer. Together they form Poland's largest Conference Centre.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After three years of construction, the ICC shows colossal dimensions. The structure is divided in two and at the intersection, the architects have created hills that ...</p> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Unfinished processes and unseen industries Laura Amaya 2016-05-30T18:20:00-04:00 >2016-06-02T23:55:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The lady on the ladder chosen as the image for the 2016 Biennale Architettura sees, amidst &ldquo;great disappointments[,] creativity and hope,&rdquo; states Paolo Baratta, president of the Venice Biennale. &ldquo;[S]he sees them in the here-and-now, not in some uncertain aspirational, ideological future.&rdquo; Several pavilions choose this approach to portray &ldquo;trends going [&hellip;] towards renewal&rdquo;; encouraging instances of the how profession addresses the challenges outlined by Aravena.</p><p>This year&rsquo;s recipient of the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, Spain&rsquo;s Unfinished, showcases 55 different projects that have reimagined the &ldquo;unfinished remains of [&hellip;] the largest construction enterprise in Spanish history,&rdquo; as described by co-curator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I&ntilde;aqui Carnicero</a>. The Pavilion, located at the entrance of the Giardini, feels open and easy to navigate. The language of the unfinished comes out in every detail. Suspended metal stud frames make of the main room a playful sequence to the exhibition. Additional project...</p> On the rapid privatization of public space in post-communist cities Alexander Walter 2016-04-21T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-04-21T15:14:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From 1917 to 1991 in the former Russian Empire, and from 1945 to 1989 in the countries it dominated after the war, there was no real private ownership. No landowners, no developers, no &ldquo;placemakers&rdquo; - in half of Europe. Did this mean public space was done differently, and are attitudes to it different in those countries? [...] observed more closely, public space here is every bit as complex as it is elsewhere in Europe.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley on a Stalinist city's efforts to "de-communize"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New East is where western starchitect dreams come true (or turn into nightmares)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on Public Squares</a></li></ul> Poland to remove Soviet-era memorials Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T12:34:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:40:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="884" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Polish government plans to demolish about 500 Soviet monuments throughout the country, head of the Institute of National Remembrance Lukasz Kaminsky said in an interview with online portal, the RBC news website reported Thursday. Kaminsky &mdash; whose institute is responsible for investigating crimes against the Polish nation &mdash; said that plans for the demolition of the monuments, would be sent to local authorities in the coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report, the monuments will be relocated to museums where they can serve as a "witness of hard times."</p><p>Many Soviet war memorial have been vandalized and demolished in Poland, whose population views the Soviet role in the Second World War "with ambiguity or outright hostility."</p><p>Russians have reacted strongly to these moves in Poland. In their view, the Red Army liberated Poland from the Nazis.</p><p>For related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Explore Warsaw with these travel tips from Four O Nine co-founder Lukasz Kos</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture is a field of repression": Daniel Libeskind on childhood memories, trauma, and architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Owen Hatherley's history of communist architecture remains "under the spell of socialism"</a></li></ul> Will Mies van der Rohe’s Wolf House rise again? Alexander Walter 2016-04-01T15:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:12:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="441" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of German architects and planners has started a campaign to rebuild the Wolf House, widely seen as a link between van der Rohe&rsquo;s early, more conventional designs and his later buildings, like the Barcelona Pavilion and the Farnsworth House, that would redefine modern architecture. [...] But the plan has run into resistance from other architects and scholars who say that the Wolf House would be too hard to reconstruct [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redesign of DC's main Mies library tip-toes around the good and the bad</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie</a></li></ul> Explore Warsaw with these travel tips from Four O Nine co-founder Lukasz Kos Justine Testado 2015-12-04T18:53:00-05:00 >2015-12-18T12:23:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>A tumultuous sequence of political upheaval and renewal just within the last century has transformed Warsaw into a bustling incubator of creativity for architects, designers, and artists &mdash; and the world is taking notice. For a glimpse into the city's emerging design scene, Archinect reached out to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine</a> co-founder Lukasz Kos, who manages the practice's Warsaw office (Also see Andrei Zerebecky's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai guide</a>). Kos shared some can't-miss spots around town that he would recommend to the architecturally inclined traveler.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Lukasz Kos. Photo <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a>.</em></p><p><em>Warsaw is a city with a recent history of violent changes. In the span of the last 100 years it has seen colonization twice by the Russians; experienced cruel and nearly complete destruction at the hands of the Germans, leaving the city of over one million with just 1,000 occupants after WWII; sla...</em></p> 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="812" 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="650" height="562" 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="595" height="335" 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="650" height="390" 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="650" height="403" 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="650" height="429" 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="650" height="596" 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="650" height="425" 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="650" height="424" 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="550" height="550" 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="575" height="1000" 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="650" height="407" 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="650" height="427" 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="650" height="254" 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>