Nine deliberate, unique and refined houses designed in harmony with their respective contexts. Buildings that follow global architectural trends, yet remain original through their tailored designs focusing on ecological, typological or environmental concerns.
Wednesday 30 September, 6:00 pm — Thursday 22 October 2015
Center of Architecture, Warsaw (Centrum Architektury)
Polish Institute in Budapest
Agnieszka RASMUS-ZGORZELSKA, Aleksandra STĘPNIKOWSKA
The exhibition was designed by:
The portfolio comprising the 9 houses was created by:
Juliusz SOKOŁOWSKI (building photographer)
The models were made by:
The houses were designed by
Grzegorz STIASNY, Piotr BRZOZA és Marcin KWIETOWICZ, hayakawa/kowalczyk, hs99, Robert KONIECZNY, Piotr KUCZIA,jojko+nawrocki , MAAS, medusa group
Nine deliberate, unique and refined houses designed in harmony with their respective contexts. Buildings that follow global architectural trends, yet remain original through their tailored designs focusing on ecological, typological or environmental concerns. The Polish landscape has not only been influenced by traditional patterns from the past – from 19th century mansions to the apartment blocks of the socialist era – but also by modern experiences rooted in freedom and self-expression.
These unique solutions are likely to facilitate discussions about functionality and expectations when it comes to architecture. This discussion does not only concern architects. The selected buildings – the beautiful and smart ones – represent a new standard of quality in Polish detached family homes, and may even lead the way for future generations of architects. For example.
Half marathon of Polish and Hungarian houses
Half Marathon of Houses is For Example. New Polish House’s accompanying event, where Hungarian and Polish architects present their finished or partial designs for detached family houses. These original designs have been tailored to individual needs; they are not the copies of designs seen in colorful architectural magazines. The presentations last only 10 minutes each, ensuring a dynamic program that does not exceed the 1.5 hours it takes to run a half marathon. Half Marathon is preceded by an introduction and concludes with the exhibition itself.
The event is sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Dear Guests, Dear Friends
I am happy to be her for three reasons. We have, at least three reasons to celebrate this event tonight.
First of all, we have here an introduction to the contemporary Polish architecture through 9 buildings, 9 single family houses. They have, I think, outstanding values not only in the “residential” category, but we can learn about the gestures of Polish architects handling on in an informal simplicity forms, materials or spaces. Informal gestures does not mean in our case that these buildings would not be sophisticated – on the contrary: behind their simplicity one can find the work to create buildings like a formula, like a sign. These conceptual architectonic elements are not especially esoteric or abstract, but they are connected to a certain idea about their “raison d’etre”, about the reason for their existence.
Even so, the idea of selection was not only that formula-simplicity. As I have learnt yesterday from the curators, they were looking for buildings where the design process has been significantly based on a deep and successful dialogue between the architect and the client. Well, we know, this dialogue needs time, patience and common knowledge – but I think, it is the way of creating architectural culture. Through this way, through this common searching for essential ideas about the families’ essential needs they have found modesty.
The second point why I am glad to be here, that we can see a high quality exposition. The curators, Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska and Aleksandra Stepnikowska, made a brave decision to introduce the buildings by only one single black and white photo and an extraordinary fine abstract model. The result became an intellectual puzzle for me at each building. I do understand, that they have found an iconic picture that describes the building in a complex way – but there are a lot of question-marks about the hidden corners or details. I like these questions, I like to search for the answers. The exhibition has been designed by one of the presented architects, Marcin Kwietowicz, using the photos of one of the most celebrated Polish architectural photogoraphs, Julius Sokolowski. I think, the exposition itself follows the intellectual modesty of the buildings, as well.
The third reason for my pleasure is that we can greet here the work of an independent private foundation, Centrum Architektury from Warsaw. Since I am here to represent the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, KÉK, it is reasonable warmly welcome the Centrum, working on a similar basis like we do. Aleksandra and Agnieszka, the curators of the Centrum, are not only responsible for exhibitions and programs, like these, here, but as far as I know, the have taken the burden of providing basic architectural texts in Polish, like those of Le Corbusier, Loos of Jane Jacobs, and so on. Through their books, lectures and events, they fulfil the same mission as we have here: to promote architectural culture to professionals and to the great public. This is, how civic partners can DO culture. Thank you for coming.
Dear Guests, please enjoy and learn the exhibition.
(Zoltán Erő, 30.09.2015, Budapest)