Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

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Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for Barcelona to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up – Athens, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

“To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that,” said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

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.

Forest House / Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz

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

Apartment/Conference Kredytowa / Maciej Kurkowski + Maciej Sutula

© Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła

Architects: Maciej Kurkowski,
Location: , Poland
Area: 216.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła

Serwus / MFRMGR

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Architects: MFRMGR
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Architect In Charge: , Marta Frejda, Michał Gratkowski
Collaborator: Pamela Krzyszczak
Area: 18 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jakub Certowicz

Business Garden Warszawa Hotel / Studio Fuksas

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Architects: Studio Fuksas
Location: Żwirki i Wigury, ,
General Project: JSK Architekci
Area: 14926.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Piotr Krajewski

GowinSiuta Studio Wins 2013 “Changing the Face” Competition in Warsaw

Birds Eye View. Image Courtesy of GowinSiuta

Poland-based GowinSiuta Studio has won “Changing the Face 2013 Rotunda Warsaw,” an annual design competition (now in its 13th year) to revamp the “sawtooth-topped Rotunda, a favorite landmark and meeting spot in central .” Alongside being awarded the $15,500 prize money, the practice also plans to see their proposal realized by 2015. The studio’s proposal, entitled Modern Urban Oasis / Warsaw City Lounge, transforms the Rotunda into an integral part of a public square. 

Mecanoo Wins Competition to Design Subterranean Museum in Warsaw

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A team consisting of Mecanoo, Michael van Gessel, and Jojko Nawrocki Architekci has won a competition to design the Royal Lazienki Museum in Poland’s capital. The 1,800 square meter museum will be buried beneath a triangular, 2.5 hectare “Garden of the 21st Century” in Lazienki Park, one of Warsaw’s most popular cultural destinations.  Michael van Gessel and Delva Landscape Architects will focus on the garden, while Mecanoo leads the museum’s design.

Museum Of The History Of Polish Jews / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki + Kuryłowicz & Associates

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Architects: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Kuryłowicz & Associates
Location: Wypożyczalnia dla Dorosłych i Młodzieży nr 53, Mordechaja Anielewicza 2, 00-157 ,
Architect In Charge: Riitta Id, Maritta Kukkonen
Collaborators: Jukka Savolainen, Mirja Sillanpää, Miguel Freitas Silva
Markus Wikar
Architectural Collaborators In Poland: Kuryłowicz & Associates, Stefan Kuryłowicz, 
Ewa Kuryłowicz, Paweł Grodzicki, Marcin Ferenc, Tomasz Kopeć, Michal Gratkowski
Area: 18300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pawel Paniczko, Photoroom.pl

Warsaw Villa / Kulczyński Architect + PL09

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Architects: Kulczyński Architect , PL09
Location: ,
Design Team: Mateusz Jędrzejewski, Aleksander Krauze, Bartosz Świniarski
Construction : Marcin Andrzejewski
Area: 650.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jan Karol Gołębiewski

Jakub Szczesny’s Keret House Open for Residence

© Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha

Would you ever want live in the Keret House - the world’s skinniest dwelling - in WarsawPoland? 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 while offering them the chance to experience what many believe to be an “impossible architecture.” See if you are eligible to apply here

Office Building at Grzybowska Street / Grupa 5 Architekci

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Architects: Grupa 5 Architekci
Location: ,
Design Team: Dziedziejko, Kadłubowski, Leszczyński, Mycielski, Zelent
Client: Inwestycja Grzybowska
Area: 10,500 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcin Czechowicz

‘BS25′ Silos – Diving and Indoor Skydiving Center Proposal / Moko Architects

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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 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 Pavilion / Anna Dobek + Mateusz Wojcicki

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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.

PKO Bank / Robert Majkut Design

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Architects: Robert Majkut Design
Location: ,
Client: PKO Bank Polski S.A.
Area: 483 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Szymon Polański

In Progress: Zlota 44 / Daniel Libeskind

© ORCO photo by Krzysztof Wierzbowski

Architects: Daniel Libeskind
Location: Warsaw,
Architect Of Record: Artchitecture SP ZOO
Area: 804,602 sq ft
Year: 2013
Photographs: ORCO photo by Krzysztof Wierzbowski, Courtesy of

Operlab Competition Entry / Rafal Oleksik + Krzysiek Stepien

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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 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.

B+L HQ / 137kilo Architekci

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Architects: 137kilo Architekci
Location: Warsaw,
Team: 137kilo + Beza Projekt, Anna Łoskiewicz, Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik, Jan Sukiennik, Bartłomiej Popiela, Krzysztof Benke, Alicja Getka, Robert Kłoś, Tomek Korzewski
Wall Graphics: Tymek Jezierski
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jacek Kołodziejski