Our design task was the new headquarters and factory for Obram (TETRA PAK group) a global leader in the food packaging production.
Over 25 million EUR was invested by the company to purchase the Obram, to construct the new facility and for the launch of the world’s most modern equipment production line for the cheese industry. The Obram production plant is located in Tomaszków near Olsztyn, next to newly opened highway on the top of a local hill. Selected location emphasizes the rank of the building, its architectural value and gives users the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the local landscape, with surrounding forests and the lake.
By the high quality of used materials and interesting entrance arrangement the object stands out of similar facilities. The facade has a rare system of external horizontal blinds enclosed in vertical frames and rotating in relation to the vertical axis. That solutions increases the aesthetics aspect of the building, gives it un unique character and fulfills the function of a thermal regulator. When the sun is high the blinds shade the windows, protecting the interior from overheating but in the winter, we have an option to rotate the blinds and add solar energy profit to overall energy balance. The facade is made with large amount of metal which emphasizes the business profile of the company. Obram mainly deals with the high-speed processing of stainless steel. In accordance to the policy of TETRA PAK, the facility was made entirely of durable materials that retain their aesthetics for years. The façade of office part is made with cement fiber, glass and aluminum panels. The entrance is highlighted by a small courtyard leading to a spacious, well-lit hall. The building division in to office, social and production zones is simple and clear.
The main goal during the design process was to fit in the implementation budget which the design team managed to achieve without giving up the key elements for aesthetics and functional values.
The building obtained a very good result in the BREAM IN USE certification.
OFFICE AREA: 4100m2
PRODUCTION AREA: 8000m2
Multi-family housing estate at Włodarzewska Street (Warsaw), located on a narrow elongated plot with east-west exposition in the vicinty of Szczęśliwice fortress. From the south, the building lane consists a single-family terraced houses, further multi-family buildings. The estate offers over 7,000 square meters of living space, underground garage and recreational areas for residents. The length of frontage was broken by applying facade retractions, local reductions of height, architectural details and plants. Włodarzewska residential looks intimate. The height of the buildings is up to 4 floors. Apartments with large terraces and pergolas are located on the top floor. The design and composition of the facade is toned, the rhythm of the windows was broken by the HPL facade cladding with a warm color. The project has been certified and high rated in the BREEAM system. The apartments are equipped with modern, smart home solutions.
The scope of the architectural design was a reconstruction of the existing clinic building and addition to it a new building as a residential part.
The main entrance to the residential part of the building, from Grochowska street, is located on the symbolic junction of historical tissue (clinic building) with the new cubature of residental builiding added to it. On the same side of builiding, there are also storefronts of newly designed service premises with entrances to them. Through their height, the storefronts, try to refer to the door portals of the existing clinic builiding.
Designing the shape of the building took place in reference to two basic contexts of the place. First, the context of the city – the downtown area with the one of its main communication node as well as the context of existing buildings – a clinic as a part of the history of this district.
These seemingly and contradictory contexts appointed the main directions of thinking about the architecture of the designing object.
On the one hand, designed building has to match the dimenstions and the scale of existing frontage of the street, fill the gap in it`s organism and define the broadly understood architecture of the downtown of a large city, but on the other hand, located in the immediate vicinity and the interface of a low, two-level building of an existing clinic, it cannot dominate or overwhelm it with its character and form.
In order to properly emphisize the building and at the same time maintain the character of a modern townhouse, we have been used some architectural methods.
Firstly, the front elevation of the existing clinic was recreated, based on historical sources and photographic material. In the scope of work has been restored such elements as: the original arrangement of balconies, the original shape of the cornices, window bands of the three central window axes and the gable above the cornice.
Secondly, the planned superstructure was shifted back in relation to the historical facade, so that it constituted the background for it. The local zoning plan, allows 60% of the facde area to be keep in the line of existing builiding and thus allowing to shift back 40% of its. Above the existing building there is a terrace for tenants of the residential part.
Thirdly, the architectural expression of the building has been minimized. The newly designed facility is as ascetic and restrained as possible in form and detail, which separates and emphasize the details reproduced in the existing clinic. The front elevation stands out only with an elegant rhythm of the proportions of windows, loggias, walls and balconies. The consistency in arranging the mesh of the holes as well as interlacing them with gently retracted loggias of the bungalows allows to play chiaroscuro on the southern facade, which makes it more tectonic in its expression. In the same proportion as the windows and loggias, in the withdrawn part of the outpatient clinic, balconies were extended to its front. Thanks to this, the building wtih the withdrawn frontage catches the opitcal connectivity with the rest of its body and keeps the line with the facade.
Our design task was the concept of a complex of multi-family buildings with services on the ground floor level and underground garages, located at Komisji Edukacji Narodowej street (Wyszków). In accordance with the guidelines, we designed an extended housing estate of various character and scale.
One of the first design decisions was to mark out the main compositional axis of the housing estate in the form of a walking promenade. The promenade begins on the square at Komisji Edukacji Narodowej street and it continues to the town square which is the life center of local residents. From this square, the promenade along with additional functions, turns south in direction of 3 Maja street, running towards the recreational areas located in alleyway. The promenade is accompanied by small and meandering pedestrian routes which meets in the central square and divides the area into three quarters. Despite of the unified architecture, each of the quarters has its own individual character.
From an urbanistic point of view, the area is bound by two dominants. The first dominant is the 5-storey block at the entrance to the estate from the side of Komisji Edukacji Narodowej street which task is to invite people inside. The second dominant is the 8-storey building standing at the center of the estate, near square, which unambiguously indicates the central place of the housing estate by connecting individual communication routes. Dominants have been distinguished in the architecture of the housing estate by using more sophisticated materials and larger glass surfaces at the corners.
RESIDENTAL AREA: 73600m2
SERVICE AREA: 6100m2
The idea of the project was to fill the empty urban space with valuable content, recreate classic buildings, and fit into the context of downtown Prague’s Warsaw side. We decided to widely use locally occurring materials on the facades: hand-formed brick, concrete and glass.
The investor and designer goal was to create comfortable modern architecture, a place to live for SWPS students and teachers, a place open to the local community, improving the quality of public spaces of this part of the city, restoring the prestige of this slightly forgotten corner.
We were inspired by: local quarter buildings of a downtown character, open public yards, Prague brick details, concrete industrial architecture with a strong rhythmic divisions located in the close neighborhood.
USABLE AREA: 6050m2
NUMBER OF APARTMENTS: 90
The designed object was located along the south border of the plot so as to constitute a viewing closure for the Monument-Park in Żelazowa Wola. The buildings repeat the linearity imposed by the shape of the plot and the landscape context – the shoreline of the Utrata River and the bluff line.
The design adopts the principle of a terrace layout blocks, similar to the classical facilities in Warsaw’s palaces on the Vistula embankment e.g. (Królikarnia, Gniński Palace, Natoliński Palace, etc.). The ground level creates a wide and massive block, integrated into the base of the slope. Its roof, equate with the level of scarp’s crown, creates a viewing terrace exposed to the Park-Monument and Chopin’s Birth House. From the base, appears two delicate, glass cubes which are the construction of the concert hall and the education and office part. To break the axial alignment, there is another, third glass cube, containing a chamber hall, located northwards from the base, entering the park space.
The applied solutions allowed to take control of the scale of the building and its relations with the surrounding landscape and neighboring buildings. From the Park side, the building is part of the escarpment massif. From the south, the building gives the impression of small pavilions, similar to “Prelude” and “Etude”.
The design adopts the effect of interplay between the external and internal space by applying the multiplicity of the facades and the interconnections with the view of the park. The intention was to gradually strengthen the viewer’s experience intensity during the meeting with music. The desirable emotions are calm, detachment from everyday life and sublimity. Regarding the location and patron of the object, we assumed that the viewer travels a path whose purpose is to touch the musical sacrum. We consciously use the archetype of the Greek temple in the whole concept, which arrangement and multiplicity gradually led to the most important place called naos (in our place it is a concert hall).
Subdivisions were adopted in an equal module giving the impression of stability and harmony. Glass cubes growing out of a massive pedestal were imposed by a strong vertical divisions, in order to obtain the lightness effect, which changed into soaring, in the central part of the object. The effect is built by slimming the structure and increasing the height of this part of the building.
Our design task was the Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Zabraniecka Street in Warsaw. The main idea of architectural design was to create compact and uniform object despite of its multifunctional character. Most of building functions were covered with a green roof and unified with a facade, made using concrete slabs and perforated sheet panels. Elements protruding above the green roof were made with maximally transparent materials so that the they emphasize the purity of technology and optically reduce the building body.
The perfect example of design variety performed by our studio is the new pavilion for the health care center in Białołęka (Warsaw).
On two floors with 7700m2 of usable area, we have designed comfortable and modern living rooms for the elderly and sick people, who requires constant medical and nursing care. In the building there are also other rooms like meeting rooms, club rooms, rehabilitation rooms and doctor`s offices which perform necessary functions in that kind of facility.
The main goal was to create a building open to the surrounding recreational areas with favorable impact to establish relations and facilitate orientation for people with memory impairment by color coding methods.
USABLE AREA: 7700m2
Our design task was the Primary School at Lipowa Street (Ożarów Mazowiecki). The main assumptions of the project were to create a modern, comfortable and functional educational space for the local community of Ożarów Mazowiecki.
The building was designed for around 650 children, studying simultaneously in 3 classes in each of the eight years of primary school (25 children in the class) and two zero classes (25 children in the class).
USABLE AREA: 7200m2
Family Covenant School is located in adapted monastery building. Despite of technical and functional limitations we wanted to create an object in which will be possible to implement full school program. Lack of space was an inspiration to create interesting solution like: mobile computer lab arriving to the student, kitchen opened for culinary workshops, a science and nature room conducting experiments and multifunctional assembly hall intended for sports activities, didactic activities and organization of performances or recreation during breaks.
Despite the planning requirements resulting from the need to rebuild the existing building, we were able to design a building with a contemporary expression and simple form. The main architectural accent is a Christian mural placed in the front part of the object. The mural is currently the subject of an art competition.
Other elements were designed as restrained, subordinated to the requirements of the performed function. The interior of the facility is designed to educate through experience. The installations of the new building were designed as exposed and accented with appropriate colors, emphasizing their character and purpose. Some building components will be preserved in raw state: e.g. exposed brick walls, blue painted water supply pipes or orange painted heating system. Through the designed solutions, students will be able to see the electricity and water flows so that they could understand that the building is a kind of machine with many components.
Our design task was a complex of 8 multi-family buildings at Piastowska Street (Warsaw). The project involved the creation of a complex of low buildings that fit into the surrounding single-family housing. A clear system of connections between public and semi-private spaces was separated through the linear arrangement of buildings. The form of the buildings is based on 6 meters wide module which multiplication has allowed to create 4 types of buildings. By the proper arrangement of them and use various kind of materials like plaster, wood and metal sheet, designed estate reached a unique, intimate character. More than half of 103 various size flats are duplex.
USABLE AREA: 6600m2
CONSTRUCTION: 2019 – …
The architectural design of the Museum of the Pilecki Family House in Ostrów Mazowiecka was a competition task. The newly designed facility, according to the concept, will constitute the background for the existing building. New house will be the primary exhibition, not only the frame for other part. The new building lump does not dominate the house from the street and the main entrance.
The building character is emphasized in a subtle and minimalistic way which represent its unique, autonomous style. The horizontal building has been proposed, which through the play of closures and openings, empty and full elements as well as the spread of the block, blends into the designed garden layout. Selected materials and the gray brick corresponds with traditional forms of the fence and emphasizes the horizontal layout of the building.
The idea of “openness” and “closing” of the newly designed building is accompanied by a plan based on the same contrast. The closed parts of building performing the “quiet” functions separate an open, multi-purpose entrance hall connected with the surroundings by a view-sequence.
3rd place in the national competition.
The subject of the study is the Laboratory Campus design of the Central Office of Measures in Kielce. The starting point was an attempt to create a relationship between complex laboratory blocks and functional buildings. The second goal was the context of the existing altitude layout of the area. The concept assumes that the newly designed buildings will start from clean and minimalist blocks of office buildings and then, while increasing their altitude will change into more complex and distributed functional systems.
Regarding to the assumptions, we were proposed the sets horizontal buildings, with local functional raising which through the terrace layout will fit into the slope of the plot and the existing greenery.
The main compositional axis is formed by a road and a pedestrian route, which leads from the main entrance from Wrzosowa street to the building of Laboratorium L9, which closes the composition.
The centrally located Canteen and recreation area are an additional elements connecting the urban layout. This area is designed to promote the integration of Campus employees.
To sum up and referring to the assumptions of “openness”, simple and open functional of the form, the systems proposed by us will allow the possibility of free shaping of the usable area in the future.
Our task was the architectural design of the waste incineration facility in Bialystok. The scope included basic design, construction design and architectural executive design. It was the first facility of this type designed and implemented by our studio.
The design process resulted in the acquisition of extensive knowledge in the field of installation industries. Gained experience allowed us to take part in the implementation of further projects in that industry.
Our design task was the extension of the Ministry of the Interior building at Rakowiecka Street (Warsaw). The layout of the existing building was subordinated to the axis of the assumption from the 1950s, and refers to the comb-shaped system of the southern side of Batorego Street. The new designed facility consists of two points located on the extension of blocks D and E of the current building, functionally and communicatively connected at ground floor level. The facade of block F is still visible from Batorego Street. In the composition we can find separated courtyard spaces which creates dynamic view connections with the surrounding green areas. The new points tones the monumentalism of the existing building by comparing the full walls surface with the lightness of glazing, introduce the delicate accents on the façade with an asymmetrical composition with references to the pre-war tradition of Warsaw modernism architecture.
The design of a new office building for Schindler Poland was the competition task.
The body of the designed part of the building was prepared in order to use natural methods of heating, cooling and ventilation. The southern facade was designed as a two-shell glass wall with an internal circulation channel. The north facade was designed as a massive wall with a concrete surface which acts as a thermal insulator and as an element that accumulates heat or cold, depending on the needs. Oblong ventilation holes have been designed on the wall.
The showcase of building is the panoramic glass elevator, located in the entrance area, in the corner of Cybernetyki and Postępu (Warsaw) streets.
Our design took 1st place in the national competition.
The competition task was the design of the office building for the Office of Technical Inspection in Katowice. The building consists of a three-story L-shaped block and a light, glass pavilion which is expanded in the ground floor level and subordinated to the direction determined by Żelazna Street and impassable zoning area. The proposed finishing materials, e.g. clinker brick, glass and steel directly refer to the neighboring facilities of Baildon Metalworks, residential buildings and factories located on Gliwicka street.
The massive brick body has a composition of window holes, arranged alternately as a series of narrow gaps and large, horizontal openings. The main entrance, located from the south, was accented by the height tower, topped with glazing. The brick motive was repeated on some of internal walls, so that we can observe the effect of interplay between external and internal space.
Our design task was a “Park and Ride” garage located in the Ursus (Warsaw), next to the railway station. The architectural form is subordinated to the performed function of the object. Chosen materials corresponds with the industrial nature of the area dominated by railway infrastructure. The walls and ceilings are made of architectural concrete. They form a massive and solid frame with which the delicate detail of the openwork finish of the facade is contrasted with the vertical rhythm of dark, graphite bars. They give the obscuring impression and toning insight into the building interior. The dominant color is a raw shade of gray concrete combined with graphite steel details. In contrast to the raw colors of the building, the graphic information system was made in intense and vivid colors.
City Sfera project is part of a larger housing estate in the Włochy district (Warsaw), in which will be about 1,000 apartments. Total usable area is about 12,000 square metres, implemented at the current stage.
The buildings with 4 or 5 levels were located in a frontage arrangemnet, in the east and west exposure. The body buildings forms a string, which through breaks and local gaps divides the space into smaller quarters and form a grid of interconnected courtyards.
Layout of the facade is designed as a subdued composition, with rhythmically arranged windows openings, balconies and loggias, finished with some materials accents. The buildings have been surrounded by recreational and green areas, which includes home gardens.