Would you ever want live in the Keret House - the world’s skinniest dwelling - in Warsaw, Poland? Well, now’s your chance. The Polish Modern Art Foundation has announced an open call for resident applications to artists (under age 35) practicing in the fields of architecture, visual arts, literature, music or film. If selected, artists will have the opportunity to live in the Keret House for up to 21 days to realize a project of their own design. The residency aims to foster individual artistic expression, promote creative exchange, and expose artists to the cultural environment of Poland while offering them the chance to experience what many believe to be an “impossible architecture.” See if you are eligible to apply here.
Major Architekci recently won a competition for the reconstruction of the crossing on Świdnicka Street in Wroclaw, Poland. With completion expected to be in 2016, when Wroclaw will be the European Capital of Culture, the traffic here will be reduced and the Casimr the Graeat Street will be narrowed to create more area, which will give lot of possibilities of reactivation for city life. Creating the boulevard with a green terrace along the west-east axis will also invigorate the pedestrian traffic here. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Pracownia Architektury Glowacki
Location: Wrocław, Poland
Design Team: Sylwester Duda, Agata Kaczmarek, Justyna Kleszcz, Michał Mrzewa, Katarzyna Rybczyńska, Paweł Steć, Agnieszka Śliwińska, Paweł Wróblewski, Piotr Zarzycki, Marek Woźniczka, Tomasz Grębski
Head Of Design: Tomasz Głowacki
Structure Engineer: Antonina Pawłowa
Area: 13060.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Pracownia Architektury Glowacki
The proposal by Moko Architects for the Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center restores a part of a house factory in Żerań which operated in the past,. They turn a building in a non-developed area with abandoned halls and warehouses into a recreation center open all year round in the old silos where bulk cement used to be stored in the past. The existing facility is a perfect base for this investment and will be the only place in Poland where people wishing to learn the skills of diving will have the opportunity to safely train at the depth of 25m under control. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Custore, an experimental project, is a pavilion that explores the areas of parametric architecture used for the commercial market. Designed by Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki, they had to deal not only with the aesthetic issues of computer-generated sculptural forms, but also with practical problems associated with the execution of the project inside a commercial building, and – most importantly – with the real clash of artistic forms and commercial market guidelines. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Inspired by the movement of the curtain, an element inherently connected with the theatre, this second prize winning proposal for the Operlab competition focuses on this movement to induce the emotions of the viewers. Designed by Rafal Oleksik and Krzysiek Stepien, it was crucial in the proposed concept of the pavilion to induce such emotions to encourage people to enter the facility, and at the same time, allow them to become a part of the show whether it be exhibitions, screenings, a concert or a discussion. More images and architects’ description after the break.