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BeiJing Design Week 2016


Office presentation by the BeiJing Design Week 2016. 


Innovation Conference of Global Future Habitat and the International Habitat Development Forum was organized by elab-ziyouzizhai and e-house China. 

Beijing Design Week (BJDW) is an annual event, taking place in the fall in Beijing. First launched as a pilot effort in 2009, it has quickly become the leading international platform for design in China. In 2012, UNESCO named Beijing an “international design capital”, recognizing the city’s effort to foster innovation and be a leading smart city in China. The purpose of Beijing Design Week is to raise public design awareness as well as to help develop stronger design infrastructure and discourse in Beijing. BJDW is undertaken by Beijing Gehua Cultural Development Group and Beijing Industrial Design Center. 




CINiBA at Triennale in Bucharest


“East Centric Architecture Triennale is the necessary cultural event meant to enable a tight collaboration between architects, theorists, architecture critics and historians from East and Central Europe and from all over the world, with the aim of representing and presenting them both to the specialized and general audience. It is organized every three years in Bucharest, Romania, and each edition has a central theme as a way of addressing, both in a theoretical and practical way, the contemporary architecture context.” 



East Centric Arhitext Awards brings together projects of remarkable quality implemented in the past five years in East and Central Europe. The selection is the result of a constant and mindful survey of Arhitext team focused on the architectural and urban projects in the region, through 5 typological categories: Residential Buildings, Public Buildings, Interior Design, Exterior Design, and Regeneration. The selection of projects is constantly presented in Arhitext review and on the online platform.

Within the East Centric Architecture Triennale, the projects grouped in each of the 5 sections are judged by an international jury composed of architects, architectural critics, Romanian and foreign scholars. Each jury, together with the President of the juries, designates, through electronic voting, 5 nominees for each of the 5 contest sections. Within the Triennale, the nominees present their project to the juries, in public sessions, after which the juries designate the winner of each section; the winners are announced in the Award Gala of the East Centric Arhitext Awards.


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Archipelago City

A book by Filip Springer about the presence of small polish cities. On the way from Slupsk to Krosno, from Suwalki to Walbrzych, Filip stopped also in Koszalin. More about the whole project “Archipelago City” at

In progress: H16

Construction site of the H16 in Koszalin. 


location: Koszalin, Rokosowo
project: 2014-2015
construction: 2015-2017



Photo: Piotr Smierzewski / ANALOG


Final Scheme for PSM (the Rybnik Music School’s Concert Hall).


The location of the new wing of the Music School in Rybnik, including a concert hall, emphasises the public, open character of the entire facility. The building, being set back from the street allowed for the creation of two diverse public spaces. The first is a public square opening onto the street and city; the second is an internal, enclosed schoolyard. The main entrance is located in an arcade which forms the space between the two zones. 

The most important feature of the new building is the concert hall. A three-storey foyer separates the room from the square. Part of the foyer on the ground floor, a space visually communicated with the square, accessible from the arcade. It includes the reception area with a cloakroom and access to the lower seats of the concert hall.

The upper rows of the hall and the balconies are accessible from the first floor, which is also an exhibition gallery, also reachable from the existing school building. This part of the lobby, very much open to the lower foyer, is lit by a large window facing west. Through the window, the foyer space connects with the most characteristic building of Rybnik – the Basilica church of St. Anthony – the highest church in Upper Silesia, clearly connecting the building and its interior with Rybnik.

The façades were designed as ventilated, where the outer façade layer is made of reinforced concrete prefabricated elements made of stained concrete. Their concave shape inversely repeats the theme of precast elements used in the interior of the concert hall.





Springer in Koszalin. 

Filip Springer about meeting  with Piotr Smierzewski, Dariusz Herman and Wojciech Subalski in the latest edition of “Magazyn Miasta”.  



In Progress: H17=A1

First scheme of sfh in Koszalin A1

In Progress: BCh

First scheme for the Residential Building BCh in Koszalin.

The new plinth from Analog: Gerrard 301. 


Single Family House
location: Koszalin, Lubiatowo
project: 2015-2017
construction: 2017-2022



ANALOG, Koszalin 
Piotr Smierzewski (Partner in Charge)

oliwia stachowska, arkadiusz laskowski, konrad garbowski (ANALOG/HS99)
project team:
konrad garbowski, leszek kassijan-wicherek, marta furmańska, (ANALOG)
interior design:
marta furmańska, kinga zakościelna, sara majkowicz (ANALOG)
tomasz kudelski 

Building Footprint: 233,28 m2
Net Floor Area: 186,56 m2
Gross Floor Area: 233,28 m2
Volume: 1098,75 m3 





Construction site: 






Bachelor Thesis

Some excerpts from Ewelina Przeworska’s  (TU Koszalin) Bachelor Thesis. The project tries to integrate the kids between 1 and 10 years old in one Kindergarten/Primary School designed by HS99.


Rybnik Music School
location: Rybnik, 27 Powstancow Slaskich St.
concept project: 2015, competition, 1st Prize
project: 2017-2018


The location of the new wing of the music school in Rybnik, including a concert hall, emphasises the public, open character of the entire facility. The building, being set back from the street allowed for the creation of two diverse public spaces. The first is a public square opening onto the street and city; the second is an internal, enclosed schoolyard. The main entrance is located in an arcade which forms the space between the two zones.
2016_RY_PSM_ISO-04The most important feature of the new building is the concert hall. A three-storey foyer separates the room from the square. Part of the foyer on the ground floor, a space visually communicated with the square, accessible from the arcade. It includes the reception area with a cloakroom and access to the lower seats of the concert hall.

The upper rows of the hall and the balconies are accessible from the first floor, which is also an exhibition gallery, also reachable from the existing school building. This part of the lobby, very much open to the lower foyer, is lit by a large window facing west. Through the window, the foyer space connects with the most characteristic building of Rybnik – the Basilica church of St. Anthony – the highest church in Upper Silesia, clearly connecting the building and its interior with Rybnik. 

The location of the stage on the ground floor makes it easy to transport instruments and cases directly to the stage. The proposed trapdoor will enable the transporting of the piano and other instruments, and arrangement components to the appropriate storage areas. All routes are designed for transporting pianos, so that these instruments may also be located in the dressing rooms of soloists.

The concert hall was designed in the shape of a traditional “shoe box”. The corresponding volume of the room (14m3 per person), together with its considerable height (13m) create the ideal conditions for symphonic music concerts. Variable acoustics are provided by mobile curtains advancing on the side walls. They provide diverse acoustic conditions and a very good hall performance for reinforced concerts, for example jazz.

The façades were designed as ventilated, where the outer façade layer is made of reinforced concrete prefabricated elements made of stained concrete. Their concave shape inversely repeats the theme of precast elements used in the interior of the concert hall. 




ANALOG, Koszalin
Piotr Smierzewski (Partner in Charge)

konrad garbowski, oliwia stachowska, adam kulesza,  wojciech slupczynski, jacek moczala, HS99
project team: 
konrad garbowski (project architect), jacek moczala, 
tomasz kudelski, marta furmanska, magdalena domiczuk,
room acustic: 
Muller-BBM, Berlin
before construction

Building Footprint: 1508,4 m2
Net Floor Area: 3450,7 m2
Gross Floor Area: 4654,1 m2
Volume: 34114,9 m




The Place

CINiBA at East Centric Arhitext Awards in Bucharest.

Academic Library (CINiBA) has been shortlisted at East Centric Arhitext Awards. East Centric Awards shows projects of remarkable quality implemented in the past five years in East and Central Europe, in five categories: Residential Buildings, Public Buildings, Interior Design, Exterior Design and Regeneration.

We invite you to take part in the second stage of ECA Awards, which comprises public presentations of the authors of the nominated works, public discussions with the Members of the jury, and not least, the lecture given by the President of the jury, Dietmar Feichtinger.

The second stage of the competition will take place between 23rd and 25th of September 2016, in Bucharest.



MNK in Arch 34

Arch 34 about the competition for the MNK (National Museum in Cracow).  


more about the project: here 

Polska. Architecture in Wroclaw


CINiBA in Museum of Architecture. 

Exhibition Polska.Architecture opens today in Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw. 

“The exhibition presents 24 newly built or restored buildings, portrayed by the most outstanding Polish photographers of architecture. The photos of architecture are accompanied by reportage pictures, sketches, drawings and quotations, showing the selected structures in the context of important Polish historical events, often reminding about the activities of prominent figures they are dedicated to. ” It aims at evoking associations, capturing viewers’  imagination  locating architecture in the context of wider cultural conditions under which it is created ” says Ewa P. Porębska, curator of the exhibition.” (phot. Architektura-Murator)


Study Trip to Toronto. 

Exhibition Polska. Architecture opens today in Vienna.


“The exhibition shows the greatest Polish achievements in this field in recent years. In an austere graphic form and excellent photographs it presents 20 new or devalorized structures; the photos are accompanied by photo reports, sketches, drawings and quotations situating each structure in a broadly understood social and cultural context.”

Architektura-Murator 02/2016

National Museum “Przełomy” Centre for Dialogue in Szczecin

The Centre for Dialogue is situated right next to the soaring structure of the Szczecin Philharmonic. It is a multimedia centre devoted to the postwar history of the region, designed by one of Poland’s most famous architects, Robert Konieczny from KWK Promes studio. The entire building has been pushed underground, with its wavy roof hovering at street level. Young Polish visual artists are to design some of the exhibition space, among them Robert Kuśmirowski and Kobas Laksa.

Agnieszka Sural, What’s Building in 2014 (


Made in Europe

Made in Europe exhibition (with CINiBA) starts today in the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw. 


Made in Europe is a unique story about the last 25 years of European architecture. The exhibition sums up the history of the Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union’s most important prize in the field of contemporary architecture, awarded since 1988 by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. In this competition there are no limits to the scale or function of a structure.

From the great architectural guidelines to small projects – all previous editions have taken into account private houses, public buildings, museums and cultural institutions, sports facilities, education and health care facilities, as well as large-scale infrastructure projects and transport systems. Their common denominator is that they all contribute to shaping the cities and are a proof of the important contribution of European professionals in the development of the latest architectural solutions, technology and ecology. The exhibition impressively juxtaposes close to 150 models of buildings awarded with the main prize, a special prize for young architects and structures entered in the so-called “short list” qualifying for the finals, as well as visualizations of about 3,000 projects submitted for the award since 1988. 


Among them are such well-known objects as the famous Waterloo railway station in London designed by Nicolas Grimshaw & Partners design studio and awarded with the main prize in 1994, the characteristic cylindrical body of the London skyscraper 30 St Mary Axe designed by Norman Foster, which reached the final in 2005’s edition, the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art MUSAC – a project of Mansilla + Tunon Arquitectos team awarded the main prize in 2007, an innovative building of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, designed by Snohetta office and awarded in 2009 or the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik – awarded in 2013 Henning Larsen Architects design. Among the models there are two Polish projects which qualified for the final group in 2013 – the reinforced concrete tram-train station at the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, designed by Zbigniew Maćków (Maćków Design Studio), as well as the Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library in Katowice by the Koszalin studio HS99. 




Piotr Smierzewski’s lecture at TU Wroclaw.

“The Faculty of Architecture is one of the best architecture schools in Poland. Our standards were confirmed in 2003 when accreditation was awarded by KAUT (The Accreditation Committee of Technical Universities) and in 2006 The State Accreditation Committee granted accreditation with distinction to the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. The Faculty awards the doctoral and postdoctoral academic degrees.   Presently the faculty of architecture there are 1620 students taught by 139 academics.

A number of international agreements enable students to undertake short and long term study at main European universities. Students at our faculty can gain extensive theoretical and practical knowledge which prepares them for creative work in the field of architectural design and urban planning, coordination of large multi-branched teams, and individual engineering practice. The education offered at our faculty is a result of the combined effort of both the creators of modern architecture and architectural and urban planning theoreticians. This allows students to gather a truly comprehensive education.” (

Exhibition Polska. Architecture opens today in China (Guangzhou) and Ireland (Dublin).

“The exhibition shows the greatest Polish achievements in this field in recent years. In an austere graphic form and excellent photographs it presents 20 new or devalorized structures; the photos are accompanied by photo reports, sketches, drawings and quotations situating each structure in a broadly understood social and cultural context. The exhibition was first opened in Baku, Azerbaijan in June 2015, during the 1st European Games. Later it traveled to Bulgaria (shown in Plovdiv and Sofia), Macedonia (Skopje), and recently to China (Guangzhou) and Ireland (Dublin). In some of these places, the exhibition was accompanied by extra events: in Baku by an exhibition devoted to Polish architects working in this city at the turn of the 19th and 20th cent.; in Skopje it was preceded by an exhibition devoted to Polish architects who helped design and reconstruct this city after the 1963 devastating earthquake; in Guangzhou it was complemented by models of some of the presented buildings. Opening ceremonies included speeches by Polish diplomatic representatives, as well as lectures by Ewa Porebska (Skopje, Guangzhou) and Beata Tyler (Dublin).” 

T. Zylski, Architektura 02/2016

3rd Prize in the competition for the NMK (National Museum Krakow)

NMK (National Museum Krakow) 
location: Krakow
project: competition entry, 3rd Prize, 2015

project team: 
katarzyna bartel, oliwia stachowska, adam kulesza, konrad garbowski, wojciech slupczynski, arkadiusz laskowski, ewelina przeworska, tomasz czolowski,
tomasz kudelski
competition entry

Building Footprint: 6123,8 m2
Net Floor Area: 27856,6 m2
Gross Floor Area: 34163,2 m2
Volume:  182503,3 m3

The National Museum in Krakow was established by a resolution of the Krakow City Council on 7 October 1879, as the first national museum institution at a time when the Polish people were deprived of their own statehood and country, which had been appropriated by the partitioning powers. Until the end of World War I it was the only such large museum accessible to the public in the Polish lands, and to this day remains the institution with the largest numbers of collections, buildings and permanent exhibitions. 

The collection of the National Museum in Krakow was begun with Nero’s Torches, Henryk Siemiradzki’s painting presented to the city of Krakow by the artist himself on 5 October 1879 with the intention of creating a gallery of national art in the Sukiennice (Cloth Hall). The following day (6 October 1879), 39 artists attending the celebration of Józef Ignacy Kraszewski’s 50 years of work as an author gathered in Konrad Wentzel’s townhouse at the Main Market Square and promised donations of their works to form the initial collection of the newly formed museum. The artists’ example was soon emulated by private individuals, who began to send donations to the museum in the Sukiennice. From the outset, the museum gathered works by contemporary and historic Polish artists from wherever they had lived and worked.

The items collected included national mementoes and objects connected with individuals recognized for their services to the country, or otherwise relevant to national history and culture, including art prints, manuscripts, old prints, numismatics, decorative art objects, and militaria. As far as possible, examples of foreign art, including Far Eastern art, were collected as well. Already by the first years of the twentieth century, the museum had run out of space to store and display its collections (which had by then grown to over 100,000 items). The management of the museum initiated efforts to obtain one of the buildings on Wawel Hill, but this came to nothing; the situation changed when Poland regained her independence. Soon plans began to be made to build a new home for the museum, called the New Museum Building. In 1934 the construction of the New Building began, based on a design hailed as one of the most modern museum projects in Europe. Regrettably, the outbreak of World War II prevented its completion, and the building was used in its unfinished form till 1970. Its extension was resumed the following year but was not completed until 1990. “

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Form Follows Freedom


A new book about contemporary polish architecture Form Follows Freedom is going to have its premiere on October 14th, 2015 in Museum of Polish Jews POLIN. The selection of new buildings dedicated to culture includes CINiBA in Katowice. Among authors of the book are: Monika Arczyńska, Tomasz Malkowski, Maja Mozga-Górecka, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Ewa P. Porębska, Jacek Purchla, Joseph Rykwert, Janusz Sepioł, Daniel Załuski.  Polish architecture has come out of shadows. At present, it is among the most interesting phenomena of European, or even global, architecture. This position has been secured particularly by venues erected for culture in the first two decades of the new century. The architecture of new museums and venues for philharmonic orchestras combines global trends with creative pursuits of individual language.  

Form Follows Freedom presents the most spectacular pieces of architecture together with commentaries by celebrated authors – historians and critics of architecture. The book is a remarkable compendium of recent Polish architecture. Conceived as its promotion for the international public, the publication is addressed primarily to critics of architecture and researchers of contemporary architecture all around the world; it will also supply libraries of the most important global institutions dealing with architecture, as well as the best schools of architecture.  ( 



more about the project: here 

ECOLA 2015 Award


H13 in Koszalin published in ECOLA (European Conference of Leading Architects) 2015 Award for the use of render/plaster in Architecture.

ECOLA combines an international architecture competition and a conference focussing on the building material plaster. Competition and conference resulted from the award “Bundesdeutscher Architekturpreis Putz” established in Germany in 2000. The organisers then were and still are “Bundesverband Ausbau und Fassade im Zentralverband des Deutsche Baugewerbes” and Sto SE & Co. KGaA.

The nomination competition held every two years acknowledges individual projects or overall town planning concepts, which use plaster as an element characterising the architecture. At the also biennial ECOLA Conference, the lectures, workshops, the respective award ceremony as well as press dates are all about the topic of “architecture and plaster”.

The ECOLA Award is a nomination competition.

In 2015, 19 nomination jurors nominated 150 projects from 13 countries. These projects, from which an international jury selected two winners and three special mentions, were divided into two categories:

-new buildings or town planning concepts, which are characterised by plaster and 
-refurbishments, conversions or listed projects, which are committed to a sensible use of the material plaster.

Winners, participants being awarded a special mentions as well as all jurors were invited to exchange their experience and know-how concerning plaster from 24 to 26 September 2015 at the ECOLA Conference in England and attended the festive award ceremony. 


more about the project: here 


Piotr Smierzewski critical review of NFM in Wroclaw in the latest issue of Architektura-Murator monthly. 


The National Forum of Music in Wroclaw

Before 1945, the centrally located city square, now called Wolnosci, was surrounded by museums and galleries, which created an Art Forum. Heavily destroyed, it remainded a vast open space; only a theater building (now occupied by the Wroclaw Opera) survived along with fragments of of the royal castle,where the City Museum was located, and another wing is now beeing adapted for a Theater Museum. The city authorities decided to recreate the Art Forum idea and announced an international competition for a new concert hall in 2005.

In their design, participants had to make use of an earlier-commissioned acoustic design, but also propose an outline of a future expansion of the Wroclaw Opera, the reconstruction of the castle west wing, and a parking garage under the square. The winners, Kurylowicz & Associates, designed a building, which – as they say – wholy refers to music: it echoes forms and materials of musical instruments (wood on the facades, black-and-white main foyer interior like piano keys, golden metal protrusion of the main hall referring to brass instruments). Four concert halls are built according to the “box in the box” formula. The main hall has a vary advanced acoustic system, with moveable overhead canopies and wall curtains. The other three halls have level floors and may be used for various purposes and music genres. 

Architektura-Murator 10/2015






A new book from EMG publishing company is a “collection of interviews conducted by Ewa Mańkowska-Grin with eleven great Polish architects: Zbigniew Maćkow, Piotr Lewicki and Kazimierz Łatak, Krzysztof Ingarden, Piotr Wróbel, Jan Łaś, Stanisław Niemczyk, Ewa Kuryłowicz and Dariusz Herman, Wojciech Subalski and Piotr Śmierzewski (HS99).

The main topic of interviews is condition of the contemporary architecture. 1st part of Architecture series. The series is dedicated to Tomasz Mankowski, Ph.D.,Sc.D., Professor of Architecture.” Premiere: October 3, 2015 in Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw.




Breakthrough is the new Exhibition of Contemporary Art Center in Torun dedicated to polish architecture after 1989. The exhibition, which shows Architektura-Murator’s Collection, starts today and it is open to public till 22.11.2015. The collection include Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library – CINiBA in Katowice.

Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, 17.09 – 22.11.2015

opening: 17th September, Thursday, 19:00
curators: Marta Kołacz, Cezary Lisowski
idea of the collection: Tomasz Fudala, Ewa P. Porębska


In September, the Centre of Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu” in Toruń is staging an exhibition of the collection of scale models “Architektura-murator” for the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, featuring the most important buildings erected in Poland after 1989.

In 2014, twenty-five scale models representing the best Polish buildings of the last 25 years were constructed to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Architektura-murator – the leading magazine devoted to contemporary architecture in Poland. Having been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the models were added to the collection of the museum. They constitute a unique set on the national scale.

Describing the realizations contained in the Warsaw collection as “breakthrough” achievements of Polish architecture, the exhibition emphasizes the significant position of architecture in the transformation of political system. Represented buildings frequently caused changes in the approach to architecture in Poland, they set new trends, stood out from the rest and became records of the dynamics of history.

The eponymous “breakthrough” can be identified with the year 1989 which brought radical political and economic changes in Poland and opened up new opportunities for Polish architecture. In the last 25 years, in a world ruled by free market, numerous private architecture studios appeared and, as time went by, gained recognition. Private patronage returned and the Polish market opened for foreign investors, more and more companies decided to erect new stately seats. European funds made it easier to complete constructions dedicated to sport or culture. International contests were increasingly popular, resulting – for the first time in a long time – in foreign architecture studios realizing their projects in Poland. All this clearly shows that what we could observe in the last quarter of the century was an architectural breakthrough.

The very fact that architectural models have been included in the collection of a museum can be seen as a breakthrough; they were thus conferred the status of works of art worthy of being displayed by institutions devoted to contemporary art. This means that our perception of architecture has become more conscious and we are willing to recognize it as one of the important fields of contemporary culture.

The majority of the scale models were made especially for the anniversary collection of Architektura-murator with the help (design and financing) of specific architects and studios, which ensured – as the idea of the collection required – individual expression of the most important features of the presented constructions as well as recognition of the scale models as sculptures, models or expression of designing processes.  Ewa P. Porębska, the initiator of the collection, claims that this makes the phenomenon of developing an idea and realizing outstanding architecture more accessible.

Buildings were selected jointly by the team of the Architecture-murator monthly and the Museum of Modern Art. Each model in the collection is described in detail and the construction it stands for is analyzed within the context of Polish contemporary architecture.


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1st Prize in the competition for the Music School in Rybnik. 

Concert Hall for Music School
location: Rybnik
competition: 2015. 1st Prize

project team: 
konrad garbowski, oliwia stachowska, adam kulesza, wojciech slupczynski, jacek moczala
tomasz kudelski, magda dominiczuk, marta furmanska
Muller-BBM, Berlin


Study trip to Portugal


Study trip to Dessau, Germany


Malgorzata Tomczak in the conversation with Piotr Smierzewski about ZW 109 in Koszalin in the latest issue of Architektura & Biznes.


The relatively small building was designed as a one-bay structure with small one-sided flats on the west side and slightly larger flats from the south and north. The eastern wall, which will be further developed in the future, was temporarily insulated and painted in gray. Commercial units are located on the ground floor. They are not accessible from the main street, but from the internal pedestrian passage connecting the already erected object with the two buildings planned to be built at the back of the estate.

The distinctive facade of the old building was decided to be reconstructed on the basis of plaster casts of the original ornaments. It features as a “gateway” to the pedestrian passage. To contrast the facade of the main façade the gate was painted white. Particular attention was paid to the entrance area of the building. Two entrances were designed; one from Zwycięstwa Street and the second from the park. These entrances lead to a one-flight staircase lighted from the top, finished “in white”, as the gateway.


more about the project: here 


The final critic of students’ works prepared in Roman Rutkowski Design Studio at TU Wroclaw.

CINiBA published in a special edition of “I’industria delle costruzioni”  dedicated to the contemporary architecture in Poland.

The University of Katowice faces a portion of the city that has undergone a profound metamorphosis in recent years. Not far from the famous Spode – the large brutalist arena constructed during the 1970s – is a new 10,000 seat congress centre (JEMS Architekci), the Silesian Museum (Riegler Riewe Architekten) and the Radio Symphony Orchestra building (Tomasz Konior). The new library designed by HS99 belongs to this hyper-dynamic context. The building is situated at the crossroads of two principal axes of the university campus. It marks the first step in a vaster reorganization aimed at gradually refurbishing the entire area, restructuring a heterogeneous fabric and offering students a new landmark that is simultaneously physical and cultural. The dimensions of the library are a direct response to the average height of the other buildings on the Campus.

Part of the former Soviet Union, and now witnessing important economic and cultural growth, Poland is also the most active in the field of architecture, with an intense output over the past decade. A series of favourable events, such as new investments linked to its arrival as a member of the European Union in 2004, large scale infrastructural projects promoted by central government, the possibility to study and work abroad, have contributed to the formation of a new generation of professionals, developing experimental projects with close ties to local conditions. 2008 was a crucial year for Polish architecture, with the awarding of the Golden Lion for Best National Participant at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

In 2012 Poland and Ukraine co-hosted the UEFA European Football Championship, a determinant occasion for implementing and developing a network of new infrastructures tied to this event. Finally, in 2014, the nominations for the Mies van der Rohe prize identified the nation as one of the fields of excellence in contemporary architecture. Three projects were selected: the Silesian Museum in Katowice by Riegler Riewe Architekten, the Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by Barozzi Veiga and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The driving force behind new Polish architecture is the nation’s new middle-class, a social group that did not exist prior to 1989 and which feels the need to express its own tastes through experimentation.

This issue of l’industria delle costruzioni presents a selection of virtuous projects, the expression of a cultural and social reality that, thanks also to guidelines issued by local government, pursues an intelligent and balanced urban transformation, responding to a needs in order to revitalise abandoned areas and respect local values. Three principal aspects of interest emerge from this panorama: the international education and heterogeneous references, from The Netherlands to the United Kingdom, of the youngest generation; the need to recover a national identity beyond the current heavily gloabalised and commercial wave of construction; a commitment to architecture conceived as part of a system and not as a formalist and self-referential object. Furthermore, it is important to note that many recently built projects in Poland are linked to the world of culture and almost always the result of national or international competitions, the winners of which are often extraneous to the so-called star-system. These projects, the fruit of a collective commitment and desire, are intended as key interventions for revitalising abandoned urban environments or parts of the city waiting to be completed. “

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more about the project: here 



Study trip to Berlin



Design and Art 


City Hall in Konstantin and H9 at the exhibition “Design and Art” in National Museum in Gdansk-Oliwa. 



Hans Ibeling about new polish architecture

Roman Rutkowski in the conversation with Hans Ibeling about new polish architecture in the latest issue of Architecture-Murator monthly. 


Cover: CINiBA

CINiBA published in a book by Zhang Dali and Wang Panqing about structures in masonry. Tianjin Ifeng Space Media Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Jiangsu People’s Publishing House which is affiliated by Phoenix Publishing & Media Group. It is a holding company, and there are branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. 


more about the project: here 

CINiBA in Masterpieces: Library Architecture + Design


CINiBA published in the BRAUN Publishing new edition of Library Masterpieces.

The new edition of Masterpieces: Library Architecture + Design shows that this process of transformation is far from over. Whether new building, conversion or extension, it presents new masterpieces of library design from around the world. The successful combination of contemporary architecture and cutting-edge technology is evidence that in the digital age, this type of building is as topical as never before.”


more about the project: here 

Giuseppe Terragni lecture, please go to for the full story.

CINiBA published in the latest issue of Romanian Arhitext.


Arhitext, boasting a more than 20-year old tradition on the market of specialized architecture publications, is an elite cultural magazine and the most important trend-setting magazine  on the market of Romanian cultural publications. (…)  ARHITEXT, more than a magazine, may be regarded as a collection publication carrying theoretical weight in the field of architecture, proposing an inter-disciplinary approach to this field. 

The set of themes of the magazine’s issues is of great topical interest, each theme defining itself rather through the interdisciplinary analysis of the concept discussed and through a direct connection to the present reality. This approach to architecture has caused ARHITEXT to stand out among the other publications on the market and to become an important theoretical landmark in the analysis of current architecture.” 


more about the project: here 

ZW 109 in Architektura-Murator

The latest issue of Architektura-Murator presents Residential Building ZW109 in Koszalin. Critical essay about the project provided by Marek Sietnicki. Photography by Jakub Certowicz.


An Apartment House with Retail Areas in Koszalin 

Koszalin, a middle-sized city in Pomerania, was heavily destroyed by the Soviet Army in 1945, and later by Communist planning. This is why all historic elements still remaining in the city are particularly significant, and designers try to preserve them wherever they can. A centrally located plot of uneven shape, formerly occupied by rundown, one-level bulidings, was to be developed for apartments and commerce. Architects of the new house, the first of the planned three, decided to preserve a fragment of an old facade and make it into an entrance gate. The new building has one bay with small apartments along its western facade. The eastern facade will ultimately adjoin another building. Retail areas, located in the first floor, are accessible not directly from the street, but from an internal pedestrian passage, intended to connect all th three planned buildings. 


more about the project: here 

Study trip to Berlin 

Exhibition in Museum of Contemporary Art 


“Between 2 October and 14 December the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw will host a unique exhibition devoted to the Polish contemporary architecture. The event will be organised by “Architektura-Murator” monthly magazine in celebration of its twentieth anniversary. Mock-ups of 25 distinguished post-1989 architectural realizations presented on the exhibition will be then donated to expand the Museum’s collection.” The collection include Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library – CINiBA in Katowice.



More at: Museum of Modern Art.

CINiBA in Architektura-Murator’s Collection, Architektura 10/2014. 

more about the project: here 


New Polish House in Prague


The Exhibition of New Polish Houses (with Piotr Smierzewski’s own house H9) takes place in Prague Castle and will be open till 15.10.2014.

Piotr Smierzewski critical review of the Concert Hall in Szczecin. 


The New Concert Hall in Szczecin

Some with love, and some will hate the new Concert Hall in Szczecin, says Marek Dunikowski, the chairman of the competition jury, which selected this design by a young practice from Barcelona. 

At the first glance, the strikingly white, almost ephemeral structure seems to be an alien, but it actually follows the traditional building alignment, has the same hight as its neighbors, and especially the venerable neo-Gothic provincial police headquarters it adjoints, and its facade and roof divisions reflect the buildings of northern medieval towns. Before WWII, this very site was occupied by a Konzerthaus, destroyed later by Allied bombings, so although several other locations were considered, finally it was decided to uphold the tradition of the place. All elevations are made of vertical aluminum profiles, interrupted only at the entrance and very few windows. Inside, the hall and foyers are large and high, also maintained in monochrome white color. This is why the entry to either of the two concert halls means a complete change of atmoshere. The small concert hall, with 190 seats, is black, simple and neutral; the big one, of the shoebox type, is finished in expressive golden color and seats 950. The new concert hall has already become the icon of Szczecin, and together with Przelomy Dialog Center, now beeing completed next to it, it shapes one of the most important city squares. 

Architektura-Murator 07/2014



H13 in Architektura 07/2014

A Single-family House in Lubiatowo

Located in Lubiatowo, now a suburb of a large Pomeranian city, the house was built on a large plot sloping toward the south and offering views toward the Lubiatowskie Lake. Due to the slope, the house hovers aboveground; the main story rests on pillars, and only partly on a basement containing utility rooms.  The linear building divides the slope into the upper part accessible from the road, and the private lower part, left in nearly natural form. However, due to the transparency of the building and its bridge-like character, space seems to flow through it and beneath it. Also inside, the divisions are not definite and complete, although the zoning is clear. The main functional division, into the open part with the living room and the kitchen, and the private one with the bedrooms, is emphasized by a large entrance hall, glazed on both sides  and accessible from a footbridge. 



more about the project: here 

A large scale model of Academic Library CINiBA prepared for MSN (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Warsaw.


Poznan Music School
location: Poznan
project: 2014, competition entry, mention


Location of the front of the building and the main entrance in Świętego Jerzego street determined the layout of the building. The outline of the building coincides almost entirely with development lines, seeking undeveloped space inside the quarter. Arrangement of the quarter translates to organization of the space in the building.

The axis linking the main entrance with the courtyard is a general compositional axis of the entire system. It runs through concert halls and theatre and concert hall, acting as their axis of symmetry. The lobbies, foyer finally courtyard surrender to it. The introduction of partially symmetrical layout in an irregular contour is deliberate and calculated to introduce order. The order is inextricably linked with music, but also helps to orientate and navigate the site.

One of the essential functional principles of the concept is to create a large and attractive entrance hall that will serve all users, both constant (teachers, pupils and their parents), as well as guests of the school.

The rooms which do not require lighting, but rather two-way acoustic protection (downtown neighbourhood) were located below the ground floor. Spaces of halls and corridors on these levels have been well communicated and lit with a number of openings in the ceilings and with a “joint” running along Wierzbięcice street.

Atrium is an important element of the composition of the site and is largely responsible for the image and atmosphere thereof. It forms the school courtyard and uncovered foyer in front of the concert hall, but also illuminates the school space.

Foyer, which provides access to all the performance rooms is located in a space adjacent to the Atrium, through which it is also lighted. This location facilitates access control and the possibility of completely separating the area fire associated with the major concert hall for closed events.

The configuration of the concert hall as a “shoebox” guarantees the best acoustic conditions for the small concert hall dedicated to this type of music. Slight distance between the head tops and the line of vision provides for excellent sound propagation in the audience. 

Stage area provides space for 60 members of the orchestra. Place for a hundred-strong choir is provided on the balcony behind the stage. When a concert takes place without the choir, these are the additional seats for the audience. The possibility of forming diverse room acoustics was provided by acoustic curtains. They provide a very effective reduction of reverberation time, which allows for rehearsals without an audience and expanding the offer with electrical acoustic (e.g. jazz) concerts.


HS99, Koszalin
project team:  
wojciech słupczyński, adam kulesza, arkadiusz laskowski, daria achtelik, augustyna grzybowska,
room acoustics: 
Müller-BBM Berlin
competition, mention




Piotr Smierzewski critical review of the Concert Hall in Koszalin in the latest issue of Architecture-Murator monthly

Concert Hall in Koszalin 

Koszalin is a medium-sized city in Pomerania. A new seat for its orchestra is modest but well harmonized with its location, in a park at the edge of the city center. The concert hall consists a three-storied hall/foyer, support areas, and the concert hall proper seating 514. The main body of the building has glass walls with wooden protuberances signaling the location of the concert hall itself. There is no entrance zone; one goes directly into the main hall. The auditorium, finished in teak wood, makes an imposing impression; a pity, though, that it was designed expressly for classical music. In cities the size of Koszalin such venues usually serve for various kinds of events, concerts and performances, but the hall is not furnished with any elements which would adapt its acoustics for different requirements. 

Architektura-Murator 06/2014


Lecture in “Kawalek Podlogi” was a part of the latest edition of “The Week with Architecture” organized by SARP Koszalin.

New Polish House in Madrid


New Polish House (with Piotr Smierzewski’s own house H9) in Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid. Speakers at the Opening on Thursday 29 May 2014: Grzegorz Piatek (Centrum Architektury), Lukasz Wojciechowski (Architect, Wroclaw). The exhibition prepared by Aleksandra Stepnikowska and Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska from Centrum Architektury will be open till 28 July 2014. 

For Example. New Polish House is an exhibition that brings us closer to Polish familiy house architecture. New houses, well-thought-out, properly built with full awareness of the surroundings. They belong with global architectural tendencies but each of them stands alone by virtue of a particular aspect which governs each project. It may be an emphasis on ecology, a quest for a particular typology or a dialogue with the location. 

The exhibition “For Example. The New Polish House” presents nine selected designs for Polish single-family houses. The show includes synthetical models, photographs taken especially for the exhibition by Juliusz Sokołowski, one of Poland’s best architecture photographers, as well as a catalogue with further photographs, drawings, and texts by architecture critic Paweł Kraus and sociologist Joanna Kusiak.

The designs presented were designed by the following architects: Piotr Brzoza/Marcin Kwietowicz, hayakawa/kowalczyk, hs99, Robert Konieczny, Piotr Kuczia, jojko+nawrocki architekci, MAAS, Medusa group, Grzegorz Stiasny.

The current architecture landscape in Poland is influenced by the patterns of earlier architecture – from the country estates of the 19th century to the cubic buildings from the era of the People’s Republic – and blends this with the new experience of freedom and new possibilities of expression. The results resemble manor-houses, there are fortress-like buildings, “McResidences” and even mountain huts on the lowlands, all of which provide examples of a controversial eclecticism which stems from the ambitions and hopes of an increasingly prosperous society.

The curators from the Centrum Architektury – an independent Warsaw-based foundation – present built projects that offer an excellent impetus and basis for a debate about functional architecture and human needs, a debate that should not be conducted by experts alone. The houses selected set standards for a new kind of quality in house-building in Poland and provide guidelines for fut ure architects. For example. 


Piotr Smierzewski about the future of the library buildings.

“Autoportret” is a programme which grew out of our conviction that space is culture; that it exerts influence on us. The discovery of the potential hidden in the space around us enables us to consciously transform the environment where we live. So when we look after the space around us we create our self-portrait – our autoportret. The “Autoportret” programme comprises of: Autoportret quarterly – a magazine on “Good Space” (in the market since 2002) and “Autoportret. Debates”.

“Autoportret. A Magazine on Good Space” is a magazine which promotes reflection about space as a cultural phenomenon. It presents theoretical reflections on various areas of knowledge, non-obvious contexts, and positive solutions. The Autoportret magazine is aimed at everybody, not only professionals.





Kindergarten and Primary School
location: Mielno
project: 2014-15


HS99, Koszalin
project architect: 
wojciech slupczynski
project team: 
konrad garbowski, arkadiusz laskowski, adam kulesza
before construction.

Building Footprint: 1484,1 m2
Net Floor Area: 1884,2 m2
Gross Floor Area: 2387,8 m2
Volume: 10213,6 m3





Single Family House
location: Koszalin, Rokosowo
project: 2014-15
construction: 2015-16



HS99, Koszalin
project architect: 
wojciech slupczynski 
piotr smierzewski 




Adolf Loos lecture, please go to for the full story.

Piotr Smierzewski’s lecture in El Gallery in Elblag by the last edition of Architektour. Many thanks to all who came.

H9 in Bauwelt


The latest issue of Germany based Bauwelt  (Wise among beautiful) comments the Exhibition New Polish House (with Piotr Smierzewski’s own house H9) which actually takes place in Berlin. The exhibition at the gallery of the Polish Institute in Berlin will be open till 7 February 2014. Exhibition was organised by Centrum Architektury.

more about the project: here 


Book: New Polish House

Polish-English book accompanying the exhibition For Example. New Polish House. 

more about the project: here 

Walter Gropius Lecture, please go to for the full story.

The exhibition (with Piotr Smierzewski’s own house H9) at the gallery of the Polish Institute in Berlin will be open till 7 February 2014. On 28 November 2013 at 7 pm a discussion on contemporary Polish single house architecture, architectural landscape and planning system will take place at Kulturforum Aedes Gallery in Berlin. Nadin Heinich in converation with speakers: Arno Brandlhuber, Grzegorz Piątek, Joanna Kusiak.

Karl F. Schinkel lecture, please go to for the full story.

wild wild east


The touring exhibition “wild wild east” young architects from eastern Europe will be shown again from the end of October – December 2013 in Berlin, at the showroom of Porcelaingres. The opening of the exhibition will take place at the 24th October 2013 at the Showroom porcelaingres, Mehringdamm 55-57, 10961 Berlin. Private View with a laudation from Olaf Bartels, architectural critic and historian and a lecture by Sasa Begovic, 3LHD from Zagreb. 


The Exhibition (with Piotr Smierzewski’s own house H9) organised by Centrum Architektury can be seen between 5 September – 13 October 2013 in Museum of Architecture  in Wrocław.

Building permit for H14 in Koszalin secured.

Südpolen im Aufbruch

2013/7-8 Interior Design  


more about CINiBA: here 

For Example: New Polish House


The opening of the exhibition (with Piotr Smierzewski’s own house H9) organized by Centrum Architektury will take place on 11th of July. “The exhibition will be displayed in July and August 2012 in Warsaw (Museum of Modern Art) and in September in Wrocław (Museum of Architecture). Later it will travel to Berlin and Vienna and further locations. 

It will be the presentation of nine chosen contemporary single-family houses from different regions of Poland, designed by: Are, Brzoza/Kwietowicz, Hayakawa/Kowalczyk, HS99, Robert Konieczny, Piotr Kuczia, Jojko+Nawrocki, MAAS, Medusa”. All pictures for the exhibition were made by Juliusz Sokołowski, more at:



Constructing Europe 


CINiBA at the exhibition Constructing Europe, 25 Years of Architecture, which is on display at the MNAC, contains an assemblage of the models that make up the collection the Foundation has brought together over the years, as part of the biennial organisation of the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize – Mies van der Rohe Award. The models are presented according to the work’s countries of origin. In this way, a large map of Europe was created in the domed hall of the MNAC, showing the magnitude and depth of Europe’s architectural production over the last 25 years.


Study Trip to Barcelona 



Single Family House
location: Nowe Bielice
project: 2015-16



HS99, Koszalin
project architect:
katarzyna frankiewicz
concept design


CINiBA in Modern Decoration 2/2013 

The new issue of “Modern Decoration” 2/2013 (273), a China based  magazine dedicated to culture, art and design, features an 8 page article about the Academic Library in Katowice.  CINiBA was presented among other library projects from all over the world in Library Design Series of the magazine. 

more about CINiBA: here 


Louis I. Kahn lecture, please go to for the full story.

H5 i H9 in Great Villas of Poland


A new book “Great Villas of Poland” from a popular edition of Foibos publishing was presented to public in a ceremony during the exhibition in the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw. 

A successful edition the Great Villas published by FOIBOS BOOKS spread beyond the borders of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. Following the Great Villas of Slovakia and Slovenia, now it headed to Poland. The exhibition Great Villas of Poland, realised by a sixteen-member team of Polish researchers and experts under supervision of an editor dr. Ing. Arch. Ryszard Nakonieczny, – was presented to large public for the first time during ceremonial opening on Wednesday 20th March.

The project Great Villas of Poland is part of the international project called Via Villas ? the Great Villas of the Visegrad Group and Slovenia, in the framework of which several publications were already published and exhibitions such as Great Villas of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, and also Great Villas of Slovakia and Great Villas of Slovenia were released.

Part of the project is an international competition for architecture students called Contemporary House: Through the Eyes of Young Architects. 2nd annual competition has been just realised in the V4 countries and Slovenia. It will peak during common exhibition and workshop in the town of Košice, the European town of Culture, in May 2013. 

Exhibition exposition of the Great Villas of Poland was created and a publication is prepared in cooperation with the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw supervised by the director Dr. Jerzy Ilkosz. 



more about H5 project: here 

more about H9 project: here 

Mies van der Rohe lecture, please go to for the full story.


Krzywoustego 63/4, 70-251 Szczecin, Poland
tel. +48 602 584 046

Szymanowskiego 13/2, 75-573 Koszalin, Poland 
tel. +48 602 583 454



We are happy to inform you that after 70,000 votes, the CINiBA has been chosen as the winner of the Museums & Libraries category. 

Many, many  thanks for all of your votes.


The current issue of MARK contains projects of polish offices such as Ingarden & Ewy, Centrala and KWK Promes. Additionally, Hubert Trammer explains what’s happening in Polish architecture. 


more about CINiBA: here 

Reading Room


The latest issue of Architektura-Murator summarizes the Life in Architecture Award. Contained within are the nominees and winners of each category as well as pictures from the award ceremony. Additionally CINiBA was presented in Augmented Reality and Piotr Smierzewski contributed to the monthly “Reading Room” column.

Otto Friedrich Bollnow, Mensch und Raum
Colin Rowe, Robert Slutzky, Transparency
Dieter Rams, As Little Design as Possible
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 


CINiBA in the latest issue of Architecture & Biznes. 


more about CINiBA: here 


Sudetian Philharmonic Concert Hall
location: Walbrzych
project: 2012, competition, 1st Prize
design: 2013-14



Obszar objęty konkursem i przyległa do niego przestrzeń miejska (teren położony przy ul. Drohobyckiej) nigdy nie stanowił ukończonej, zamkniętej kompozycji urbanistycznej. Lokalizacja Centrum Kultury na zakończeniu tego niezdefiniowanego obszaru staje się szansą na dopisanie do końca historii tej części miasta. Staje się również szansą na wprowadzenie porządku urbanistycznego i rozwiązanie problemów, jakimi są dysfunkcja tego terenu i leżący u jej podstaw brak połączenia poprzecznego pomiędzy ważnymi ulicami. 

Teren pomiędzy domem towarowym z jednej strony a Aresztem Śledczym z drugiej, stanowi dzisiaj słabo zdefiniowaną przestrzeń (użytkowaną częściowo jako skwer, częściowo jako parking) kończący się stromą skarpą. Urbanistyczną ideą jest przedłużenie tego placu aż do Alei Wyzwolenia. Nawierzchnię stanowić będzie dach nowego Centrum Kultury. Flankować go będą wypiętrzenia (górne wejście do Filharmonii z jednej strony i kawiarnia z galerią oparte o sznurownię z drugiej). Północną pierzeją jest zalesione wzgórze. 

Na zakończeniu tak zdefiniowanego placu znajdują się schody łączące plac z dolnym poziomem miasta oraz taras, z którego rozciąga się efektowny widok na Masyw Chełmca oraz wgląd w Aleję Wyzwolenia i znajdujący się przy niej pomnik poświęcony pamięci Górnictwa Wałbrzyskiego. Przy półkolistym tarasie znajduje się przeszklone wypiętrzenie sali tradycji górniczej, które zapewnia wgląd w przestrzeń. To wyjątkowe miejsce, widać z niego masywy Gór Wałbrzyskich, zalesione strome wzgórze po drugiej stronie alei, ale również pomnik i ekspozycję poświęcone górnictwu. To miejsce łączące tradycję ze współczesnością, przemysł z przyrodą, kulturę materialną z duchową.

Z poziomu górnego placu zapewniono wgląd w plac przed wejściem do części filharmonicznej, zlokalizowany na poziomie Alei Wyzwolenia. Przez ten dolny plac przebiegają dwa ciągi piesze łączące Centrum Kultury z górnym placem oraz z parkingiem wielopoziomowym.



HS99, Koszalin
project architect: 
jacek moczala
project team (competition): 
wojciech slupczynski, adam kulesza, michal ojrzanowski
project team (construction):
kasia frankiewicz, eliza owczarek, monika rybus, piotr dasiukiewicz, arkadiusz laskowski, adam kulesza
room acoustics: 
Müller-BBM Berlin
before construction

Building Footprint: 3033,85 m2
Net Floor Area: 9300,81 m2
Gross Floor Area: 12446,43 m2
Volume: 74053,59 m3




1. Kontext a Typologie, KRUH, Texty o Architekture 2015-2018 





Single Family House
location: Koszalin, Grabowa
project: 2012-14 
construction: 2014-16


The building is located in a residential district of Koszalin, on a plot facing towards the south, bordering in the north with the municipal forest, a short distance to the H3  previously designed by HS99 in 1998 and H12 from 2008. Apart from a few exceptions, the surrounding buildings consist of unremarkable houses erected after 1990.

The H14 project is a modern interpretation of a residential house, traditional in form: a simple shape covered by a symmetrical multi-sloped roof. The external conventionality of the form of the building has been upgraded with a small patio located in the middle of the building, whose ultimate goal is to light up its interior and connect it visually.

The house was also founded in an unconventional manner. Due to the incline of the terrain towards the entrance to the plot and the decision regarding the minimum interference in the natural decline of the area, it was decided to raise the house about 3 meters above the ground. The raised residential floor was supported on massive supports from the street and a small underground portion, containing auxiliary rooms and an additional entrance to the house, from the forest. The main entrance to the house was located on the south side, symmetrically on the extension of the entrance to the plot, under the building, through the patio illuminating the house and the stairs located in it.

The interior was designed based on the traditional division between day and night sections, with the entrance to the building between these zones. One interpretation of this commonly used type is to connect the two parts with the entrance zone on one side and a covered terrace, located between the living room and the bedroom. The terrace is an integral part of the house and is an additional, summer room.

The principal, upper part of the building was made of a wooden structure and finished entirely with Siberian larch shingles. The elements below the residential level are designed in reinforced concrete with an exposed architectural concrete structure. 

Piotr Smierzewski  


HS99, Koszalin
project architect: 
jacek moczala
project team: 
gall podlaszewski, adam kulesza
interior design:
HS99/ewelina przeworska 

Building Footprint: 295,06 m2
Net Floor Area: 242,15 m2
Gross Floor Area: 624,63 m2
Volume: 1814,45 m3



1. Kontext a Typologie, KRUH, Texty o Architekture 2015-2018 




coming soon … 


Cover: CINiBA

The October issue of Architektura-Murator features a 20 page article about the newly completed Academic Library (CINiBA) that serves the Silesian University and the University of Economics in Katowice. Critical essays about the project provided by Ryszard Nakonieczny and Krzysztof Mycielski. Photography by Jakub Certowicz.



more about CINiBA: here 

Architecture of the watch

“Architecture of the watch” – Piotr Sarzynski in the conversation with Piotr Smierzewski, Dariusz Herman and Wojciech Subalski in the latest issue of “Polityka” weekly. 


CINIBA in era21

CINiBA in the latest issue of era21. 


more about CINiBA: here 

Analoghouse is our web site dedicated to: 
“the building of the house”. 

more at: 

CINiBA in the latest issue of ARCH 


more about CINiBA: here 

SP06 in Architektura 9/2011


Residential building Villa Moderna in Koszalin 

Though built on a modest budget, Willa Moderna stands out in the architectural landscape of central Koszalin, rebuilt after the war as a socialist-realist housing estate and now being gradually filled up with new, mostly mediocre buildings. The new house occupies a landmark corner at the end of the street and completes a 19th-century block next to a large park, planted where medieval fortifications had been. The dimensions of the house were largely determinated by its neighbors and local plan decisions. Since the once-blind wall of the next building was perforated with windows, one part of the new building was moved back. A ceramic elevation refers to historic architecture of public buildings in Koszalin, for example to a nearby 19th-century Prussian clinic. The effect is somewhat diminished by the choice of ceramic profiles, but it was a necessary compromise resulting from budget restrictions which excluded a brick curtain wall.



more about SP06 project: here 



Ryszard Nakonieczny about CINiBA in Almanach 2010


more about CINiBA: here 

Construction start of H12

3rd Prize for the competition entry for the extension of the funeral chapel in Koszalin.


Market Square in Koszalin  in Archivolta 2/2010


more about Market Square in Koszalin: here 

Building permit for H11 in Warsaw.


Cementery Chapel
location: Koszalin, Gnieznienska
project: 2010, competition entry, 3rd Prize


The main part of the Cemetery in Koszalin consists of two functional zones. The first and most important is the area around the cemetery chapel. In addition to the chapel there are also the cemetery administration building and accidentally located florist’s building. The second area is the quarter of Soviet soldiers – located north of the chapel.

The proposed urban concept involves the breakdown of the area around the chapel into two parts. The first – closely associated with the chapel – with all elements of development – Farewell Hall, greenery and a square dictated by symmetry of the axis of the chapel. The second, whose width is determined by the administrative building, where a car park and square in front of the Monument to the Victims of Communism are located. 

Concise in its form, cut from the cube with sides of 10.50 m (width of the existing chapel), the body of the new chapel with its geometry adapts to the main divisions of the existing facility. At the same time, this body hides the furnace chimney. Simplicity of form is a kind of counterpoint to the richness of the surrounding greenery.

The continuation of development is also evidenced by the use of brick to wrap the building on the outside. However, the manner of its use gives the traditional building material features of the present times. Walled and grouted brick on the roof serves as the pressure layer in the inverted roofing.

The interior of the Farewell Hall was entirely cast in white concrete. The hall has two benches for the immediate family and benches placed in the recesses of the walls which house a total of 45 seats for mourners. The only elements made of another material are windows, glass railings surrounding the catafalque with a coffin and rock crystal chandelier. Hole through which the catafalque with a coffin is brought to the hatch room using a hydraulic jack provides an opportunity to observe the introduction of the coffin into the furnace. 

Two same-sized holes provide contact of the interior with the environment, light and are responsible for the mood of the interior, which contrasts the monochromatic harshness with richness of forms and colours of the vegetation surrounding the building.

Layout of the underground part of the building is a response to technological and technical assumptions. The old and the new part of the chapel are connected by an underground corridor. This implies the construction of a staircase and cargo and passenger lift. Given the desire to limit the area of the new aboveground part of the chapel, traffic elements have been located in the old chapel.


HS99, Koszalin
project team: 
wojciech slupczynski, adam kulesza,
concept design

Building Footprint: 456,3 m2
Net Floor Area: 748,1 m2
Gross Floor Area: 938,4 m2
Volume: 4045,3 m3





PR01 in Architektura 1/2010. 


more about PR01: here 


National Museum and Center for Dialogue – Przelomy
location: Szczecin, Solidarnosci Square
project: 2009, competition entry



Koncepcja zagospodarowania zakłada zespolenie Placu Solidarności z przestrzeniami zlokalizowanymi po jego wschodniej (plac Św. Piotr i Pawła) i zachodniej stronie (Brama Królewska) w jeden miejski organizm. Łącząca strefy kamienna posadzka o dwóch różnych kolorach i dwóch różnych fakturach swój rytm naprzemiennych pasów bierze z podziałów fasady Filharmonii. Usytuowanie budynku Centrum naprzeciwko gmachu policji pozwala na wydzielenie z centralnej części placu strefy, która w jednym kierunku jest sceną uroczystości związanych z placem a w drugim kierunku ? przedpolem dla Filharmonii. Pomnik Anioła Wolności ustawiono na tle budynku Centrum. Z każdej części placu widoczne są wszystkie ważne obiekty go okalające i na nim usytuowane. Budynek Centrum dzięki swej kompozycji nie stanowi zapory wizualnej i zapewnia wgląd we wszystkie strefy tego prestiżowego placu.

Dynamiczna bryła budynku podparta jedynie przez ściany dziedzińców pozostaje w równowadze i z niej czyni jeden z motywów kompozycji.

Historia częściej dzieje się na ulicach niż w gabinetach a “koło historii toczy się na gąsienicach”. Stąd czerpie swą genezę idea budynku – wybrukowanej ulicy, wspinającej się i opadającej. Ulicy, która była świadkiem wielu dramatycznych wydarzeń. Ulicy jako miejsca spotkania a nie konfrontacji, gdzie nikt nie jest gościem ani gospodarzem.

Całkowite przeszklenie fasad zapewnia budynkowi kontakt z miastem co wzmaga narrację o jego historii. Jednocześnie z przestrzeni miejskiej zapewniono wgląd w przestrzeń budynku. Zaciera się granica między sceną a widownią, a symultaniczność akcji historycznej i przesuwających się obrazów współczesności może być źródłem wielu wystawienniczych pomysłów.

Budynek nie ma początku ani końca. Jest ciągły, a jego granice z zewnętrzem nie są całkowicie materialne. Stwarza to niezwykłe możliwości ekspozycyjne – wystawa nie musi mieć początku i końca, nie musi układać się chronologicznie, za to może mieć swoją dramaturgię, swój punkt kulminacyjny. Wykorzystanie do ekspozycji nowych technik multimedialnych umożliwia pokonywanie pętli kilkukrotnie. Jedynymi przestrzeniami zamkniętymi (i to nie do końca) są paradoksalnie dwa dziedzińce zewnętrzne. Będą one miejscem ekspozycji zewnętrznej dostępnej z placu, ale też odbieranej z wnętrza budynku.

Obiekt tematyzuje swoją formą jedną ze swoich podstawowych funkcji jaką jest edukacja historyczna. Pętla, ciągłość, przełomy, zakręty, ulica, równowaga – pojęcia przełożone na abstrakcyjny język architektury stanowią środki artystycznego wyrazu próbujące odbić dramatyczną, ponad tysiącletnią historię Szczecina. Historię, której nikt nie jest beneficjentem, a z której dumni mogą być wszyscy ze Szczecinem związani. Otwarcie budynku na plac, na którym współistnieją obiekty różnych okresów historii miasta (Kościół św. Piotra i Pawła, Brama Królewska, gmach policji i wreszcie najnowszy, prestiżowy budynek Filharmonii) jest ilustracją ciągłości tej historii i świadectwem współistnienia ze sobą różnych kultur i narodów.


HS99, Koszalin
project team: 
adam kulesza, lukasz pisarek, agnieszka desowska, kuba florek
concept design