Archinect - News 2017-08-23T13:57:49-04:00 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> 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> 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> 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> Renderings released for Warsaw's new Museum of Modern Art Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T08:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T22:17:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Phifer and Partners</a>&nbsp;has released remarkably boxy renderings for&nbsp;The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Warsaw</a>, Poland. The renderings hint at a more complex internal spatial arrangement, a la The New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, but from the outside they are undoubtedly square.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The idea behind the design is that "the museum, theater, and forum form an ensemble working simultaneously together while remaining distinct from each other and the context." Visitors will be able to access the museum from all sides, while the architecture of the theater "reflects TR Warszawa's varied programming."&nbsp;</p> Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge for Europe Justine Testado 2014-09-23T21:32:00-04:00 >2016-12-01T18:18:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="485" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies revealed the winners of its first European edition of the Mayors Challenge. More than 150 top cities from 28 European nations entered the competition, which asked participants to send their most innovative ideas that address Europe's timely pressing issues like unemployment, energy efficiency, obesity, aging, and improving government efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Barcelona took the Grand Prize for Innovation and &euro;5 million to help implement their proposal,&nbsp;<strong>Collaborative Care Networks for Better Aging,</strong> a digital and community "trust network" for each of its at-risk elderly residents.</p><p>Innovation prizes of &euro;1 million were also given to the following cities:</p><ul><li><strong>Athens, Greece</strong>: Synathina, a Public Platform for Engaged Citizens</li><li><strong>Kirklees, in Yorkshire, United Kingdom</strong>: Kirklees Shares</li><li><strong>Stockholm, Sweden</strong>:<strong> </strong>Biochar - for a Better City Ecosystem</li><li><strong>Warsaw, Poland</strong>: Virtual Warsaw - Urban Information System for the Visually Impaired</li></ul><p>In addition to prize money, each winning city will receive technical assistance, expert coaching, and a trophy specially designed by renowned artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olafur Eliasson</a>.</p><p>Michael Bloomberg congratulated Barcelona via a surprise phone call from Paris in the video below.</p><p>Learn more about the winning ideas on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</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> 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> Warsaw Rotunda Entry by MUS architects Alexander Walter 2013-09-05T16:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:48:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Polish firm MUS architects has shared with us the concept RTND 2.0, an entry to the ongoing competition Changing the Face 2013 Rotunda Warsaw which seeks to revitalize Zbigniew Karpi&#324;ski&rsquo;s iconic 1960s landmark building in central Warsaw.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Polish Museum Repairs a Tie to a Jewish Past Nam Henderson 2013-04-22T14:54:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T14:57:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among civic leaders here there is a strong sense that Poland will never fully recover from its 20th-century traumas until it recognizes its Jewish past, and the museum is seen as a major step. &ldquo;Jewish memory is becoming part of Polish memory,&rdquo; the chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich</p></em><br /><br /><p> Recently at the new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of the History of Polish Jews</a>, Poland&rsquo;s chief rabbi unveiled an unusual sculpture. Nicholas Kulish, later interviewed Rabbi Schudrich about the meaning and importance of the&nbsp;museum's&nbsp;existence. Reflecting on the&nbsp;building (designed by Finnish architect Rainer Mahlam&auml;ki), Mr. Kulish writes it is "<em>a shining symbol of Warsaw&rsquo;s transformation from a dark and cheerless post-Communist city to a thriving Central European capital</em>".</p> OperaLab Mobile Pavilion Competition Entry by exexe Alexander Walter 2013-03-06T18:23:00-05:00 >2013-03-11T22:10:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Polish architecture studio exexe has shared with us their entry to the OperaLab IDENTITY DESIGN/DESIGN IDENTITY competition in Warsaw, Poland. The brief called for the design&mdash;and eventually realization&mdash;of a mobile pavilion for the OperaLab project which can host various activities [...]. The mobile pavilion has to be built from renewable materials, and its structure needs be flexible and easy to assemble and dismantle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> schmidt hammer lassen architects to design office tower in Warsaw Alexander Walter 2011-11-23T14:07:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T14:14:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish practice schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central Warsaw, Poland. The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing &lsquo;Ilmet&rsquo; building.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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>