Quarter Cultural Center / Mikolai Adamus

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Mikolai Adamus shared with us his design for the Quarter Cultural Center located in , Poland. The main idea was to supplement the empty square with tissue which surrounds the site for a more intimate and open expression. More images on the project after the break.

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The front of the building was raised in order to maintain the existing communication on the plot As a result, this provided an intimate interior while simultaneously opening up more to the surroundings which accomplished the intentions of the design concept.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Quarter Cultural Center / Mikolai Adamus" 21 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=152447>
  • http://www.332.cl rafa.

    From this part of the globe (Chile) it seems to me that there has to be another kind of gravity in Poland or our engineer has been hiding something from us…

    • oldschool

      its called post graduation idealism…or “No_Client_No_Budget-itis”…rampant around these parts some weeks.

      • Robb

        Your pretty cynical and missing the point. It’s not about the budget or “clients” or your personal failures with architecture business, the object seams pretty reasonable and simple, except the structural naive, and it’s not some MAYA Greg Lynn -Vienna blobastic nonsense. The problem is the candlever structure that seams to go against the gravity, the kid is not a structural engineer.

      • Pierre Proulx

        If Rem can build the CCTV Headquartes in Bejing, Mikolai can build this anywhere he wants!

      • Pierre Proulx

        If Rem can build the CCTV HQ in Bejing, than Mikolai can build this anywhere he wants!

  • Chris

    This is one of the most elegant designs I’ve seen on here, great presentation too. Curious for an interior shot or several..

  • Darren

    Simple yet elegant.
    Am curious to see how the chemical between the users and the inner spaces though.

    If you go through all the exterior pictures, the go-against-gravity-part some of yea mentioned up there, seems make sense to me =)

  • ASphere

    Is it a crime to have any column in this kind of architecture?

  • oldschool

    Robb -

    nah, I just have a preference for projects that have actually dealt with the realities of any real project – like gravity for instance.

    any student can generate an incredible hypothetical design. That is easy.

    Any professional realizes just how difficult it is to move from concept to construction. That’s the reason why someone like Zaha, or HdeM or Rem or Sanaa et al have the undying respect of architecture student and academia.

    if you prefer your ‘architecture’ to reside in the realm of imagination, that is certainly your prerogative…That said, I don’t think studying the lessons of “Brazil”, “Blade Runner”, “Tron – Legacy” or the “Fifth Element” provide much traction in the real world.

    As for the point of all this – perhaps you can enlighten me? I see no critical position, no underlying theoretical notions, certainly no client or generation of new structural processes.

    Really, the only point seems to be demonstrating the facility one has with rendering.

    Please, explain it to me, since you seem to fancy your opinion over my cynicism.

    • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

      a lot of years ZH had no clients, had no budgets… and generated unreal “no columns” ideas… now she has 50 millions per year… these money only from people’s dream about flying architecture… the idea is more important than these columns.

      • oldschool

        sure, but back then Zaha was also flights of fancy. Can one evolve past concepts and into the realm of architecture? Of course they can….but one wants to publish their work, they had better be brave enough to face criticism of that work too….Not sure exactly what “idea” people are harping on? Cantilevering a corner of a building? Really? At least Zaha was trying to channel the constructivist movement and integrating ideas of deformation through movement

  • j


    without those constraints there is no architecture.