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SO/AP Architectes' Warsaw Memorial Places Unity at its Center

This sculptural memorial by SO/AP Architectes, located at the center of what was the Warsaw Ghetto, commemorates the history and memories of the Polish nation by uniting its oppressive and heroic pasts in one form. Simultaneously representing the Jewish and non-Jewish population, the serpentine structure symbolizes the entirety of the Polish people to strengthen their identity as one collective community.

Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes Courtesy of SO/AP Architectes

Sluzewski Culture Centre / WWAA + 307kilo

  • Architects: WWAA, 307kilo
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Area: 2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rafał Kłos

© Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos

Cultural-Educational Center and Rosary Garden at the St. Hyacinth Church in Bytom / Medusa Group

  • Architects: Medusa Group
  • Location: Bytom, Poland
  • Architects In Charge: Przemo Łukasik, Łukasz Zagała
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

© Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski

Gdansk Shakespearean Theatre / Renato Rizzi

  • Architects: Renato Rizzi
  • Location: Gdańsk, Poland
  • Local Office: Q-Arch
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Matteo Piazza, Lorenzo Sivieri

© Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza © Matteo Piazza

Ichot - Gate of Poznan / Ad Artis Architects

  • Architects: Ad Artis Architects
  • Location: Gdańska 2, 61-123 Poznań, Poland
  • Architects In Charge: Arkadiusz Emerla, Maciej Wojda, Piotr Jagiełłowicz, Wojciech Kasinowicz
  • Area: 6216.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Mariusz Lis, Maciej Lulko, Wojciech Krynski

© Maciej Lulko © Mariusz Lis © Wojciech Krynski © Wojciech Krynski

The New Orangery / WWAA

  • Architects: WWAA
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rafał Kłos

© Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos © Rafał Kłos

All-Year-Round Sports and Leisure Center / Dżus GK Architekci

  • Architects: Dżus GK Architekci
  • Location: Jeziorna, 11-041 Olsztyn, Poland
  • Design Team: Grzegorz Dżus, Katarzyna Orzechowska-Dżus, Małgorzata Sender, Agnieszka Adamczyk, Tamara Zawadzka
  • Area: 2930.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci

Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci Courtesy of Dżus GK Architekci

IT HQ / Morpho Studio

© Hanna Długosz © Hanna Długosz © Hanna Długosz © Hanna Długosz

National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Konior Studio

  • Architects: Konior Studio
  • Location: Katowice, Poland
  • Architect In Charge: Tomasz Konior
  • Design Team: Aleksander Nowacki, Łukasz Homan, Magdalena Tokarska, Adam Skrzypczyk, Dominik Koroś, Andrzej Witkowski, Zbigniew Gierczak, Anna Jabłońska-Lisińska, Marcin Sikora, Piotr Zowada, Marcin Jurkiewicz, Maciej Niewiadomski, Dominik Czajkowski, Łukasz Bonar, Szymon Jawor, Bartłomiej Pochopień, Michał Lipiec, Marcin Piotrowski, Paweł Barczyk, Katarzyna Leśniok, Paweł Gruszka, Przemysław Tabor, Ewa Nowacka, Jakub Świerzawski, Henryk Struski, Anna Jaszkaniec, Mariusz Wronowski
  • Area: 7874.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre, Daniel Rumiancew

© Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Iñigo Bujedo Aguirre © Daniel Rumiancew

Foundation for Polish Science Headquarters / FAAB Architektura

  • Architects: FAAB Architektura
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect In Charge: Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figurski, Maria Messina
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bartłomiej Senkowski

© Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski © Bartłomiej Senkowski

DECERTO / MOKO Architects + MFRMGR

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz

Lublin City Stadium / Estudio Lamela

© Maja Checinska © Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski

Mikolai Adamus' Proposal for a New Aquarium in Gdynia

Mikolai Adamus has shared with us his proposal for a “New Aquarium” to activate the Southern Pier in Gdynia, Poland. Using the golden ratio and the Fibonacci sequence to guide the design, the rectangular structure burrows into the pier, becoming secondary to the surrounding landscape. As Adamus describes, the aquarium is designed to transparent and “a place where architecture is subordinated to function, devoid of unnecessary detail.” More details, after the break.

© Igor Brozyna © Mikolai Adamus © Mikolai Adamus © Mikolai Adamus

Domo Dom / ARCHITEKT.LEMANSKI.

© Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Tomasz Zakrzewski

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s Polish Museum Wins Inaugural Finlandia Prize

A professor of economics, Sixten Korkman has chosen Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects' Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw as the winner of the inaugural Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The unconventional award, whose intent is to “increase public awareness of high quality Finnish architecture and highlights its benefits for our well-being,” enlisted a group of renowned architects to shortlist the finalists before “layman” Korkman selected the winner as an unbiased representative of the public who valued the building for the way it made him “feel.”

“The idea behind the prize undoubtedly resonates with me. In economics one talks about public goods and externalities, and the built environment is precisely these," stated Korkman after announcing his decision. 

"Whether the buildings are in private or public ownership is of no significance. We all see the architecture, experience the architecture, and architecture affects us all. Architecture undoubtedly affects our well-being and comfort: our built environment is our extended living room. In architecture there is also an egalitarian element. Fortunately the sun still shines for both poor and rich. Our built environment exists for us all.”

More about the winning building, after the break.