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, . 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.


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Architects: Tadeusz Lemanski
Location: Krakow,
Area: 62.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s Polish Museum Wins Inaugural Finlandia Prize

Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Kuryłowicz & Associates. Image © Pawel Paniczko

A professor of economics, Sixten Korkman has chosen Lahdelma & Mahlamäki ArchitectsMuseum of the History of Polish Jews in as the winner of the inaugural . 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.

Ice Kraków Congress Centre / IEA + Arata Isozaki & Associates

Courtesy of Ingarden & Ewý Architects + Arata Isozaki & Associates

Architects: Ingarden & Ewý Architects, Arata Isozaki & Associates
Location: ,
Collaborating Architect: Jacek Ewý
Main Architect: Krzysztof Ingarden
Architects: Jacek Dubiel, Sylwester Staniucha, Dariusz Grobelny, Piotr Hojda, Sebastian Machaj, Grzegorz Miąsko, Joanna Bielawska-Ząbek, Olga Jasiak, Bartosz Kardaś, Piotr Kita, Tomasz Koral, Jakub Wagner, Anna Biskupska-Sperka, Sławomir Janas, Hiroyuki Mae, Agata Staniucha, Krzysztof Stępniak, Maciej Szromik, Jacek Szuba, Maciej Wierzbiński, Maja Wilczkiewicz-Janas, Tomasz Żełudziewicz, Marta Brańska, Joanna Domagalska, Sylwia Gowin, Łukasz Kępski, Jakub Turbasa, Bartosz Haduch (competition) IEA project administration: Renata Skowron
Team: Yoko Sano, Tadayuki Uchida
Area: 36720.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Ingarden & Ewý Architects + Arata Isozaki & Associates

Philharmonic Hall Szczecin / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

© Simon Menges

Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Location: , Poland
Architect In Charge: Fabrizio Barozzi , Alberto Veiga
Project Leaders: Pieter Janssens, Agnieszka Samsel
Project Team: Marta Grządziel, Isak Mayor, Petra Jossen, Cristina Lucena, Cristina Porta, Ruben Sousa
Area: 13000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Simon Menges

House in the Landscape / Kropka Studio

© Maciej Lulko

Architects: Kropka Studio
Location: , Poland
Design Team: Kropka Studio Małgorzata Łapaj & Kuba Kowalczyk
Area: 215.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maciej Lulko

Two Barns House / RS+

© Tomasz Zakrzewski

Architects: RS+
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Robert Skitek, Szymon Borczyk
Area: 251.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

Poszetka Workshop & Showroom / Grzegorz Layer

© Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska

Architects: Grzegorz Layer
Location: Morcinka 23, Katowice,
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dorota Zyguła-Siemieńska

Thomas Phifer and Partners Wins Competition to Design Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

View inside the Forum. Image © Thomas Phifer and Partners

The in Warsaw has announced that Thomas Phifer and Partners will be designing their new gallery space, after winning a competition against eleven other selected practices. The new museum, the largest cultural project in recent Polish history, will also house the TR Warsawa Theatre. The proposal consists of two separate buildings housing the theater and museum, joined by a common forum that will serve both as entrance and public multi-use space.

GG House / Architekt.Lemanski

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Architects: Architekt.Lemanski
Location: , Poland
Area: 369.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

This Public Toilet has a Periscope That Offers a Serene Sea View

Courtesy of Adam Wiercinski Architekt

The terms “public toilet” and “seaside periscope” don’t usually go hand in hand. However, Adam Wiercinski has drawn inspiration from the location of his project in Gdynia, Poland, on the coast of the Baltic Sea to create a concept for a building that both mimics and observes. Choosing to focus on extensive views over the sea front, Wiercinski aimed to imbue users with a sense of tranquility by designing a serene public facility embodying the powerful, elemental nature of the sea.

Perforated House / Piotr Kluj + Paweł Litwinowicz

© Jeremi Buczkowski

Architects: Piotr Kluj, Paweł Litwinowicz
Location: , Poland
Area: 177 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeremi Buczkowski, Anna B. Gregorczyk, Courtesy of Piotr Kluj Pracownia Projektowa

Blood Center / FAAB

© Bartłomiej Senkowski

Architects: FAAB
Location: Henryka Sienkiewicza 3, 47-400 Raciborz,
Architect In Charge: Adam Białobrzeski, Adam Figuski, Maria Messina
Area: 2771.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bartłomiej Senkowski

Kindergarden in Chroscice / PORT

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Architects: PORT
Location: Szkolna 11, 46-080 ,
Architect In Charge: Józef Franczok, Marcin Kolanus
Project Architects: Józef Franczok, Marcin Kolanus
Area: 657.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: S.Zajączkowski

34.25° House / Bartek Arendt + Kasia Bedra

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Architects: Bartek Arendt + Kasia Bedra
Area: 276 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Bartek Arendt

Science and Musical Education Center Symphony / Konior Studio

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Architects: Konior Studio
Location: 40-025 , Poland
Architect In Charge: Tomasz M. Konior, A. Krzysztof Barysz, Andrzej Witkowski, Aleksander Nowacki
Year: 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of Konior Studio

Outrial House / Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Architects: Robert Konieczny KWK Promes
Location: Książenice, Poland
Architect In Charge: Robert Konieczny
Collaborators: Marcin Jojko, Jarosław Kamiński
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Robert Konieczny KWK Promes

Forest House / Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz

Courtesy of Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz

Architects: Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Rafal Barycz, Pawel Saramowicz
Area: 470.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz