Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Will Respond to the Conditions Construction Workers Face

18:00 - 23 May, 2016
Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Will Respond to the Conditions Construction Workers Face, Photo taken during the making of the "Fair Building" project. Image © Michal Gdak
Photo taken during the making of the "Fair Building" project. Image © Michal Gdak

Construction workers are one of the most critical yet underrepresented groups of people in the architecture industry. Often times, the safety of labor conditions are pushed aside in favor of budget constraints and strict deadlines. The Fair Building, an exhibition hosted by the Polish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, will address these issues and ask: “why don’t buildings come with ‘fair trade’ marks?”

Responding to the theme of “Reporting from the Front”, the curatorial team, Martyna Janicka, Dominika Janicka, and Michal Gdak, based their pavilion design around the idea that “construction sites represent the frontline in architecture.”

SIO House / Beczak / Beczak / Architekci

17:00 - 4 May, 2016
SIO House / Beczak / Beczak / Architekci, © Jan Karol Gołębiewski
© Jan Karol Gołębiewski

© Jan Karol Gołębiewski © Jan Karol Gołębiewski © Jan Karol Gołębiewski © Jan Karol Gołębiewski +22

Intercollegiate School of Biotechnology / Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska Krzysztof Kozłowski

02:00 - 23 April, 2016
Intercollegiate School of Biotechnology  / Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska Krzysztof Kozłowski, Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska
Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska
  • Architects

  • Location

    Abrahama 58, 80-307 Gdańsk, Poland
  • Design Team

    Dr Inż. Arch. Krzysztof Kozłowski, arch. Maciej Jaśkowiec, arch. Maria Stankiewicz, arch. Agata Szymańska - Pietrusz, arch. Michał Radzimierski
  • Area

    8900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska

Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska Courtesy of Warsztat Architektury Pracownia Autorska +15

Centre of Water and Ice Sports / Restudio

05:00 - 22 April, 2016
Centre of Water and Ice Sports / Restudio, © Restudio
© Restudio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lake Ukiel, Olsztyn, Poland
  • Design Team

    arch. Maciej Jacaszek, arch. Rafał Jacaszek, arch. Grzegorz Porębski
  • Area

    3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Restudio Centre of Water and Ice Sports / Restudio © Marcin Kierul © Restudio +20

RYB House / Beczak / Beczak / Architekci

15:00 - 22 March, 2016
RYB House / Beczak / Beczak / Architekci, © jankarol
© jankarol
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zielonki-Wieś, Poland
  • Design Team

    Magdalena Beczak, arch. Maciej Beczak, arch. Aleksandra Denis
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© jankarol © jankarol © jankarol © jankarol +27

Winner of Krakow Oxygen Home Competition Announced

08:00 - 12 March, 2016
Winner of Krakow Oxygen Home Competition Announced, Courtesy of Nima Nian & Behdad Heydari
Courtesy of Nima Nian & Behdad Heydari

Bee Breeders has announced the winner of the Krakow Oxygen Home competition, which asked designers to reconsider contemporary architectural conventions with respect to current cultural and global issues in the city of Krakow, Poland. Due to the large number of coal-burning furnaces in the city, residents of Krakow are threatened by air pollution, which has resulted in a sky-rocketing number of cases of asthma, lung disease, and lung cancer. The competition brief called for the “design of a care center for lung cancer patients as part of the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute of Oncology.”

These Churches Are the Unrecognized Architecture of Poland's Anti-Communist "Solidarity" Movement

09:30 - 7 March, 2016
These Churches Are the Unrecognized Architecture of Poland's Anti-Communist "Solidarity" Movement

For nearly two millennia, European architecture was closely affiliated with and shaped by Christianity. Prior to the advent of Modernism, there was scarcely a style that was not promoted, or more likely defined, by the designs of churches. Such a hypothesis makes it difficult to imagine Medieval England outside the purview of Gothic Cathedrals, or Renaissance Italy as separate from its Basilicas. But with the Industrial Revolution and the economic and population growth that ensued, infrastructure and housing became the new symbols and necessities of cultural representation, finding their ultimate expression in the ease and simplicity of Modernism. The field of architecture, so long shaped and dominated by the church, had been subsumed by the changing concerns of a commercially driven society. Of course there were still churches being built, but the typology that once defined architecture in its ubiquity became novel and rare. Or so we’ve all been lead to believe.

Surprising as it might be, in the wake of World War II and under Soviet control, Poland built more churches than any other country in Europe. The majority were built in the 1980s, at a time when church construction was neither authorized nor forbidden, and as a result played a pronounced role in Cold War politics. The construction of these churches was a calculated affront to the proletariat-minded Modernism of the Soviets. In their project Architecture of the VII Day, Kuba Snopek, Iza Cichońska and Karolina Popera have sought to comprehensively document these Polish churches and the circumstances of their construction. Unique not only in how they defied the prefabrication and regularity of the Eastern Bloc, the churches were community-led endeavors that relied on local funding and input, long before these practices became buzzwords in 21st century architectural circles.

© Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko +78

INOSTUDIO Office / INOSTUDIO

17:00 - 4 March, 2016
INOSTUDIO Office  / INOSTUDIO, © Marcin Grabowiecki
© Marcin Grabowiecki
  • Architects

  • Location

    Gliwice, Poland
  • Architects in Charge

    Magdalena Gierczak, Zbigniew Gierczak
  • Area

    30.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Marcin Grabowiecki © Marcin Grabowiecki © Marcin Grabowiecki © Marcin Grabowiecki +32

2016 Venice Biennale Exhibition to Examine the 2000 Irving Trial and the Architecture of the Holocaust

06:00 - 22 February, 2016
2016 Venice Biennale Exhibition to Examine the 2000 Irving Trial and the Architecture of the Holocaust, Back Sectional Elevation of The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room
Back Sectional Elevation of The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room

In 2000, in a trial held in London, the notorious British Holocaust denier David Irving sued an American historian and her publisher for libel. He posited that the Holocaust didn't really happen – "was the planned and systematic murder of six million European Jews an elaborate hoax?" The battle over the meaning of the architectural evidence took centre stage. Ultimately, forensic interpretation of the blueprints and architectural remains of Auschwitz became crucial in the defeat of Irving, in what remains to date the most decisive victory against Holocaust denial.

The Evidence Room Isometric (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room Plaster Cast of Gas Hatch from Auschwitz Gas Chamber, Copied From Photo by Omer Arbel. Image © Omer Arbel Interior Perspective of Auschwitz Gas Column in The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room Interior Perspective of Gas Chamber Door in The Evidence Room (Siobhan Allman, Anna Longrigg, Donald McKay, Michael Nugent, Nicole Ratajczak, Alexandru Vilcu). Image © The Evidence Room +14

CKK Jordanki / Fernando Menis

03:00 - 17 February, 2016
CKK Jordanki / Fernando Menis, © Jakub Certowicz
© Jakub Certowicz

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz +27

Loft in a Marmalade Factory / Loft Szczecin

15:00 - 16 February, 2016
Loft in a Marmalade Factory / Loft Szczecin, © Karolina Bąk
© Karolina Bąk

© Karolina Bąk © Karolina Bąk © Karolina Bąk © Karolina Bąk +14

Apartment in Poznan / Cuns Studio

22:00 - 11 February, 2016
Apartment in Poznan / Cuns Studio, © Hanna Długosz
© Hanna Długosz

© Hanna Długosz © Hanna Długosz © Hanna Długosz © Hanna Długosz +17

House in Gumieńce / Loft Szczecin

05:00 - 7 February, 2016
House in Gumieńce / Loft Szczecin, © Karolina Bąk
© Karolina Bąk

© Karolina Bąk © Karolina Bąk © Karolina Bąk © Karolina Bąk +25

House in Slate / RS+

02:00 - 6 February, 2016
House in Slate / RS+, © Tomasz Zakrzewski
© Tomasz Zakrzewski
  • Architects

  • Location

    Katowice, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Skitek
  • Area

    241.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski +22

Leszczynski Antoniny Manor Intervention / NA NO WO architekci

03:00 - 5 February, 2016
Leszczynski Antoniny Manor Intervention / NA NO WO architekci, © Maciej Lulko
© Maciej Lulko

© Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko © Maciej Lulko +30

Cedar House / Mariusz Wrzeszcz Office

05:00 - 22 January, 2016
Cedar House / Mariusz Wrzeszcz Office, © Przemysław Turlej
© Przemysław Turlej

© Przemysław Turlej © Przemysław Turlej © Przemysław Turlej © Przemysław Turlej +20

Run Colors Warsaw / mode:lina architekci

05:00 - 19 January, 2016
Run Colors Warsaw  / mode:lina architekci , © Mateusz Chmura / MatCloud
© Mateusz Chmura / MatCloud

© Mateusz Chmura / MatCloud © Mateusz Chmura / MatCloud © Mateusz Chmura / MatCloud © Mateusz Chmura / MatCloud +20

Flanagan Lawrence's New Summer Theatre in Szczecin Reimagines an Outdoor Performance Space from 1976

12:00 - 17 January, 2016
Flanagan Lawrence's New Summer Theatre in Szczecin Reimagines an Outdoor Performance Space from 1976, Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence
Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence

Flanagan Lawrence has won a competition to design a new Summer Theatre in Kasprowicza Park, Szczecin, Poland. The outdoor performance space will update an original structure, including the arch—made from a membrane of plastic fibres—designed by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz and opened to the public in 1976. Read more about this project after the break.