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19 Emerging Firms Design Prototype Houses for Living Among Nature

11:30 - 11 June, 2017

As the boundary that separates work and leisure in the 21st Century continues to be blurred by technology, architects Christoph Hesse and Neeraj Bhatia sought out to uncover a tranquil solution. The pair are co-curating an upcoming exhibition at the Kulturbahnhof Kassel in Germany as part of Experimenta Urbana in a show called “Ways of Life,” which opens July 5th.

This international initiative seeks to discover “a new nomaticism.” A gathering of 19 emerging architecture offices each presents a dwelling encompassed in nature. These buildings are often equal parts project and manifesto. The show’s overarching theme is the delicate balance of naturally induced relaxation and programmatically encouraged productivity. Each firm must additionally consider constraints that include limited square footage, integration of rapidly advancing information technology, and a strictly sustainable design.

Courtesy of  Boris Bernaskoni Courtesy of Dogma Courtesy of RICA Courtesy of The Open Workshop +79

National Museum in Szczecin Dialogue Centre Przelomy / KWK Promes

03:00 - 13 February, 2017
National Museum in Szczecin Dialogue Centre Przelomy / KWK Promes, © Juliusz Sokołowski
© Juliusz Sokołowski

© Juliusz Sokołowski © Juliusz Sokołowski © Juliusz Sokołowski © Juliusz Sokołowski +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Szczecin, Poland
  • Competition Entry Lead Architects

    Robert Konieczny, Katarzyna Furgalińska, Michał Lisiński, Dorota Żurek
  • Square and Building Lead Architects

    Robert Konieczny, Michał Lisiński
  • Area

    1628.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Konieczny's Ark / KWK Promes

03:00 - 23 November, 2016
Konieczny's Ark  / KWK Promes, © Olo Studio
© Olo Studio

© Olo Studio © Olo Studio © Jakub Certowicz Courtesy of Robert Konieczny +68

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016

17:25 - 18 November, 2016
Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016, National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival
National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy / Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes. Image via World Architecture Festival

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przełomy has been named the World Building of the Year 2016 as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin comes to a close. The project consists of an atmospheric underground museum below an expansive, undulating public plaza, adjacent to Barozzi Veiga's Mies van der Rohe Award-winning Philharmonic Hall Szczecin.

The National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre Przelomy is now the ninth project to hold the World Building of the Year title. Last year, the award was given to "The Interlace" by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren.

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, and Small Project awards were also announced. Read on to see the winning projects with comments from the jury. 

KWK Promes Selected to Extend Bunker of Arts Contemporary Art Gallery in Poland

06:00 - 7 November, 2016
KWK Promes Selected to Extend Bunker of Arts Contemporary Art Gallery in Poland, © KWK Promes
© KWK Promes

The winning proposal has just been announced for an extension to the Bunkier Sztuki ("Bunker of Arts") contemporary art gallery in Cracow, Poland. Out of 33 entries in the international competition, the underground design by Robert Konieczny - KWK Promes has been selected to be executed in the heart of Cracow's Old Town.

© KWK Promes © KWK Promes © KWK Promes © KWK Promes +25

Winners of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 Announced

14:00 - 5 July, 2016
Winners of the European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016 Announced

From a list of 25 finalists released in May, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the winners of the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. Awarded since 2000 to recognize “transformations and improvements in the public spaces of Europe,” this year’s prize names two joint winners along with four special mentions. All 25 finalists will have their work featured in an exhibition that will tour Europe over the next two years, and also will be published in an online archive that features past finalists.

Continue after the break for images and descriptions of the winning projects.

Living-Garden House In Katowice / KWK PROMES

06:00 - 14 April, 2015
Living-Garden House In Katowice / KWK PROMES, © Jakub Certowicz
© Jakub Certowicz

© Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz © Jakub Certowicz +21

Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

01:00 - 13 May, 2014
Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes, Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes
Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Książenice, Poland
  • Architect in Charge

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaborators

    Marcin Jojko, Jarosław Kamiński
  • Project Year

    2009

KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains

01:00 - 22 February, 2014
KWK Promes Designs Hotel in Pieniny Mountains, © KWK Promes
© KWK Promes

Construction has begun on KWK Promes’ lakeside hotel in Poland. Inspired by traditional mountain homes that found refuge from flooding on a neighboring hilltop, the building’s low profile burrows into the ground at its entrance while opening up to the Czorsztyn waters as topography descends. Similar to the regions typical layout, two massive gable roofs, which appear as two separate structures, are designed to house the elevated sleeping quarters. 

Autofamily House / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 9 October, 2013
Autofamily House / KWK PROMES, © Juliusz Sokołowski
© Juliusz Sokołowski
  • Architects

  • Location

    Poland
  • Author

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaboration

    Katarzyna Furgalińska, Magdalena Adamczak, Łukasz Marciniak
  • Structural Engineering

    Kornel Szyndler
  • Area

    990.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Juliusz Sokołowski © Olo Studio © Juliusz Sokołowski © Olo Studio +29

Auto-Family House / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 19 September, 2012
Auto-Family House / KWK PROMES, Courtesy of KWK PROMES
Courtesy of KWK PROMES

Courtesy of KWK PROMES Courtesy of KWK PROMES Courtesy of KWK PROMES Courtesy of KWK PROMES +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poland
  • Project Year

    2012

Standard House / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 19 June, 2011
Standard House / KWK PROMES, Courtesy of  kwk promes
Courtesy of kwk promes

Courtesy of  kwk promes Courtesy of  kwk promes Courtesy of  kwk promes Courtesy of  kwk promes +8

  • Architects

    KWK Promes - Robert Konieczny
  • Location

    Gmina Pszczyna, Poland

Safe House / KWK Promes

01:00 - 15 June, 2011
Safe House / KWK Promes, Courtesy of  kwk promes
Courtesy of kwk promes

Courtesy of  kwk promes Courtesy of  kwk promes Courtesy of  kwk promes Courtesy of  kwk promes +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Warsaw, Poland
  • Architects

    KWK Promes - Robert Konieczny
  • Interior Design

    Magdalena Radałowicz - Zadrzyńska
  • Collaboration

     Marcin Jojko, Łukasz Zadrzyński
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009

House with a Capsule / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 13 January, 2009
House with a Capsule / KWK PROMES

House with a Capsule / KWK PROMES House with a Capsule / KWK PROMES House with a Capsule / KWK PROMES House with a Capsule / KWK PROMES +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poland
  • Architects

    KWK PROMES
  • Project Architect

    Robert Konieczny
  • Structural Engineer

    Marian Goczoł
  • Poland

    102 sqm
  • Area

    972.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2004

Broken House / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 30 December, 2008
Broken House / KWK PROMES

Broken House / KWK PROMES Broken House / KWK PROMES Broken House / KWK PROMES Broken House / KWK PROMES +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Katowice, Poland
  • Architects

    KWK PROMES
  • Project Architect

    Robert Konieczny, Marlena Wolnik
  • Structural Engineer

    Jaroslaw Kaminski
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2002

OUTrial House / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 14 November, 2008
OUTrial House / KWK PROMES

OUTrial House / KWK PROMES OUTrial House / KWK PROMES OUTrial House / KWK PROMES OUTrial House / KWK PROMES +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Książenice, Poland
  • Architects

    KWK PROMES
  • Project Architect

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaborator

    Marcin Jojko
  • Structural Engineer

    Jaroslaw Kaminski
  • Site Area

    1,440 sqm
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

Aatrial House / KWK PROMES

01:00 - 4 November, 2008
Aatrial House / KWK PROMES

Aatrial House / KWK PROMES Aatrial House / KWK PROMES Aatrial House / KWK PROMES Aatrial House / KWK PROMES +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Opole, Poland
  • Architects

    KWK PROMES
  • Project Architect

    Robert Konieczny
  • Collaborators

    Marlena Wolnik, Łukasz Prażuch
  • Area

    10057.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2003