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.
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.