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Zupagrafika's "Eastern Block" Series Brings Warsaw to Life in Paper

In the spirit of their popular London series, Polish studio Zupagrafika has designed another set of paper cut-out models, entitled "Eastern Block." The series highlights Warsaw's modernist architecture, ranging from the quintessentially functional (Rotunda PKO) to regionally recognized works (Za Żelazną Bramą, Smolna 8, Mokotów) and a prefabricated block on the city's outskirts (Tarchomin).

© Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika © Zupagrafika

Warsaw M2 Line / Estudio Lamela

© Bartosz Makowski
© Bartosz Makowski
  • Architects: Estudio Lamela
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Design Team: Pierluca Roccheggiani, Piotr Krajewski, Maja Checinska, Sonia Proszynska-Rzadca, Marek Gliniewicz, Marzena Prachnio, Alessandro Mattei, Gabriel Fortes Cala, Grzegorz Skowronski, Barbara Malinowska-Pohoryles, Adam Kulikowski
  • Main Designer: Carlos Lamela y de Vargas
  • Area: 28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Bartosz Makowski

© Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski © Bartosz Makowski

Rebel One / WWAA

  • Architects: WWAA
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Area: 7962.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jakub Certowicz

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

Pavillion in Warsaw / Ponadto Grupa Projektowa

  • Architects: Ponadto Grupa Projektowa
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Architects In Charge: Aleksandra Krzywańska, Maja Matuszewska, Katarzyna Szpicmacher
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rafał Nebelski, Piotr Szczepański

© Piotr Szczepański © Rafał Nebelski © Piotr Szczepański © Piotr Szczepański

Atelier Thomas Pucher's European Music Center to Open in 2020

The winning design of an international competition in 2010 to house the world-renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Austrian firm Atelier Thomas Pucher's Sinfonia Varsovia European Music Center has been approved to begin construction. As part of a larger campaign to revive Warsaw's historic character and inspire cultural exchange, the Music Center has ranked high on the priority list of the Renewal Program, and is slated to open in 2020. 

Read on after the break for a closer look at the Music Center.

Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher

Goettsch Partners Prepare to Start Work on Warsaw Tower

Envisioned with a height of 130-meters and comprising a combined total of 41 floors and 63,800-square-meters, the bipartite Mennica Legacy Tower project in Warsaw has been slated for construction, to commence in the last quarter of 2015. Featuring two adjacent towers designed by Chicago-based international firm Goettsch Partners, the project is located at the site of the former headquarters of the Mint of Poland

On completion, Mennica Legacy Tower will function predominantly as an office complex, integrating secondary retail and commercial functions. View selected images and learn more about the project after the break.

Courtesy of Goettsch Partners Courtesy of Goettsch Partners Courtesy of Goettsch Partners Courtesy of Goettsch Partners

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

The New Orangery / WWAA

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

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

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

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.

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

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

The Museum of Modern Art 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

Courtesy of Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz Courtesy of Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz Courtesy of Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz Courtesy of Biuro Architektoniczne Barycz & Saramowicz

Apartment/Conference Kredytowa / Maciej Kurkowski + Maciej Sutula

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

© Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła © Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła

Serwus / MFRMGR

  • Architects: MFRMGR
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect In Charge: Moko Architects, Marta Frejda, Michał Gratkowski
  • Collaborator: Pamela Krzyszczak
  • Area: 18.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Jakub Certowicz

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