Green Water Sports Station / Peter Kuczia

Architect: Peter Kuczia
Location: Upper Silesia,
Contractor: HB Unibud s.a. | Czechowice-Dziedzice
Site Area: 14,800 sqm
Project Area: 670 sqm
Construction year: 2009
Photographs: Tomasz Sinek,

Like a traditional polish farm, the GREEN WATER SPORTS STATION blends into the rural landscape of the shores of Lake Laka in Upper Silesia (Poland).

Three main buildings of the complex – situated orthogonal to each other – define a public place. This place comes into being on the same way like it occurs in the typical polish manor between the cottage, stable and barn. And analogical to them, every building of the Station has a different function: the boat hangar in the east, the central visitors building on the waterfront and the restrooms with showers westward.

floor plan

The outer form of the buildings is inspired by the neighboring, rural architecture with its formal clarity, double pitch roofs and pleasant proportions. Instead of pastiche of the rustic forms, all details are modern and simple, but well thought out. The dressy facades and roofs are planked with charcoal coloured fibre-cement panels. The roof and the façade of each building melt that way into one monolithic body. Colourful windows and vitiated air pipes implemented into the dark surface of the outer skin generate bright contrasts and quasi musical rhythms.

inspiration diagram

The design of the project was determinated by the twin goals of low lifecycle costs and a reduction in construction costs. Cost-saving were made by the application of traditional building techniques and the use of local materials. Solar collection panels are located on the roof and a photovoltaic system is planed for the near future. The solar stack effect is supporting the natural ventilation of the buildings. The project was subsidized by the European Union.

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Cite: "Green Water Sports Station / Peter Kuczia" 21 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Spiral Architect

    The project is nice, but I don’t believe in that inspiration :)

    • INawe


      inspiration is…
      is lame is…

  • domel

    dobre bo polskie!

  • Marcin

    dobre, choć polskie! ;)

  • Dariusz

    Nice work, but inspiration is a bit too much. Don’t try to be poetic, just create something beautiful.

  • ktanleysubrick

    Don’t try to be so BIG and will be ok;)

    • pero

      racja z tym bigiem:) niepotrzebne pajacowanie bo projekt sam sie broni.
      poland rockz!

  • andy

    is that inspiation joke? but result is quite nice

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  • hj

    who cares about their inspiration as long as it leads to good architecture…

  • thompouce

    nice finishes.
    I do not understand the comment “don’t try to be so BIG and..”

    • yeah

      BIG = Bjarke Ingels Group – an international danish office known for its diagrams and metaphors explaining their designs :-) Hope this helps.

  • shaka adim

    hate the color.. :(