The Polish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2016 will directly respond to this year’s theme, 'Reporting from the Front', by addressing the ethical issues facing one of the most underrepresented participants in architecture: the construction worker. A full-scale construction site will ask the question – why don’t buildings come with 'fair trade' marks? Read more »
A once dilapidated and neglected station in Rumia has been reborn as a pioneering hybrid of railway station and modern cultural centre, going on to win the Single Space Design prize at the 2016 Library Interior Design Awards. Read more »
On 9th April, POLIN the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw was bestowed the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award. A special prize was also granted to the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. Read more »
Print Control, the bilingual annual publication released by Culture.pl presents a current overview of printed design from Poland. Agnieszka Sural brings you her selection of the 15 most important projects created between 2014-2015 out of the hundreds featured in the magazine’s fourth edition.
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International Book Arsenal Festival, the biggest Ukrainian event dedicated to art and literature, will host Polska: Architecture, an exhibition presenting 20 newly-constructed or revitalised buildings through the lenses of top photographers. The festival takes place in Kyiv between 20th and 24th April 2016. Read more »
In recent years, smaller Polish towns have been seeing in the emergence of new buildings, adapted to local needs and funds, which still match the quality of more famous constructions in bigger cities. Here we present ten of the most interesting examples. Read more »
Polish architect Aleksander Kawiński has designed a cosy, ready-to-assemble house that comes in a box. The affordable 25-square-metre dwelling does not require foundations and includes a living room that converts into a bedroom, as well as a bathroom. Read more »
Jagoda Nowakowska, Magdalena Skop and Monika Woźniak, fifth-year students at the Architecture Faculty at the Poznań University of Technology have received first prize in the Film City Tower | Mumbai: Bollywood Re-Imagined competition organised by the international platform Archasm. Read more »
Monumental and full of charm, beautifully preserved and withered by time, full of history and legend. Here are 15 exceptional churches of Poland, dating from the Middle Ages through to contemporary times.
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Hugon Kowalski (born 1987) is an architect searching for innovative and sometimes unusual solutions. He goes beyond standardized forms and habitual lines of thought as evidenced by his repudiation of traditional structures and materials. Read more »
Pedagogies of Space at the Index gallery in Stockholm is a two-day conference and a culmination of the gallery's six-month programme devoted to Oskar Hansen's pedagogy of Open Form. The programme was realised in collaboration with Aleksandra Kędziorek of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, with the support of the Polish Institute in Stockholm. Read more »
Book of Henryków, the earliest document to include a sentence written in Polish, as well as a Mars rover Scorpio III can be viewed during the exhibition 7 Wonders of Wrocław and Lower Silesia. The exhibition housed in the Old Town Hall is a part of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016’s programme.
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Villa Gallery, a house built in 1903 for a manufacturer from Łódź, is the second building from Poland listed on the prestigious Iconic Houses platform. The global list of outstanding architecturally-significant houses is created by the Amsterdam-based Iconic Houses Foundation. Read more »
They are innovative, functional, intuitive and engaging. Their creators are young entrepreneurs who've successfully joined the world of culture together with new technologies. Here come the best Polish mobile apps competing not only in the Polish market. Read more »
Kilos of books, gigabytes of scans, terabytes of animations and never-ending periods spent in archives and in front of a computer. All of it to create an outstanding series of animations that guides audiences through the corridors, interiors and stormy history of the Great Theatre in Warsaw. Read more »
In the year World War I broke out, he passed his maturity exam. Two years later he was already a student of the newly created Architecture Department at the Warsaw Polytechnic. He prepared his diploma in 1923 with professor Rudolf Świerczyński. Read more »
What paths of Kraków did Helena Modrzejewska walk? The organisers of autumn promenades across the city take us behind the scenes of history and theatre, as we follow in the footsteps of a Polish-American legend. Read more »
A competition has begun to find the best design for a healthcare centre to aid lung-cancer sufferers. The prospective designs will be specifically for Kraków, a city renowned for its heritage but also its air pollution. Read more »
The architectural attempts of the dreaded communist regime, once brick-and-mortar symbols of injustice, now tend to be looked upon as vintage classics more and more often. Here's Culture.pl's list of 9 once-awkward communist behemoths that today are considered iconic. Read more »
A violin's soundbox and the keys of a grand piano were the musical inspirations behind the National Forum of Music's design. It is a modern musical centre with concert halls in Wrocław, and officially opened in September 2015.Read more »
To commemorate UNESCO’s Year of Tadeusz Kantor, artistic and research residences have been made available in the places the great master worked in. Applications are open to artists from outside Poland that want to create a dialogue with Kantor’s work using contemporary methods. Read more »
There were hundreds of them before the war. Fable-like houses with wooden verandas and openwork balustrades are slowly disappearing from the map of Otwock. Here are the most beautiful "Świdermajer" villas of the summer destination in the outskirts of Warsaw.
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Beings “like animals, with powerful paws and ugly thoughtless faces,” a worker’s Madonna, happy half-naked women, sweet putti rebuilding the capital – Warsaw is full of sculptures from the period of socialist realism. Here, Culture.pl presents ten. Read more »
Here are 20 castles worth conquering this summer. From the hundreds that have been preserved over the centuries, we have picked out the most beautiful, the most extraordinary, and those which have inscribed themselves most strongly in Polish culture and history. Read more »
It is the 19th time the international community of architecture aficionados from worldarchitecture.org has given awards to the outstanding pieces of architecture from around the world. Among the winners were two Polish projects. Read more »
Architect, urban planner and politician. He is one of the pioneers of sustainable development in urban planning and urban policy. He was born on the 17th of December in 1937 in Curitiba, to a family of Polish immigrants. Read more »
Lodz will be the first Polish city to take part in the Beit Project – a socio-educational program of the European Union that helps transform public space into the place of dialog and education. Read more »
Wallpaper, a prestigious magazine of architecture, design, and fashion, has revealed its list of the world’s most promising architects – the Architects Directory 2015. KameleonLab from Wrocław is among the twenty studios chosen from around the world. Read more »
For Zvi Hecker architecture does not begin and end with the construction of a piece. An exhibition devoted to his work presents his creative process, while showing a collection of his exceptional projects and buildings at the Museum of Architecture in Wrocław. Read more »
10 historic theatres in 4 countries – creators of the Baltic Trail encourage tourists and theatre lovers to travel across an alternative route of special architectural sites which unites Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
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This is undoubtedly the biggest success of Polish architecture in recent history. Opened in Autumn 2014 , the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin received the Mies van der Rohe Award, the most important award in Europe and one of the most prestigious in the world. The award was announced on May 8, 2015, at the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona. Read more »
The results of an international contest to design a Himalayan home has just been announced, with Polish teams receiving the second and third prizes. The aim of the contest was to create a building concept which would provide shelter in very difficult environmental conditions. Read more »
The pre-war Baltic sea, the legendary ocean liner Batory and millions of emigrant stories in one place. The historic building of the Marine Station in Gdynia prepares the formal opening of the Emigration Museum. This modern and Poland’s only cultural institution of this sort flourishes in the heart of the historical harbour.
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Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition was dubbed one of the most important in years. The Warsaw-based studio Projekt Praga has recently been awarded with a distinction in this notable event. Read more »
Brazilian photographer Cristiano Mascaro tells us about the glamour of the shipyard’s ruins and about the pleasure of watching, about photographic plein-airs of Łódź and Gdańsk’s historical emotions. Read more »
A black rectangular building, divided in two by a green passage stands next to the famous Spodek (‘Saucer’) in Katowice. This is the International Conference Centre (ICC) designed by JEMS Architects, which provides a modern space for culture along with the New Silesian Museum and the seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.Read more »
The European Heritage Labels, that highlight heritage sites that celebrate and symbolise European integration, ideals, and history, went to The Constitution of 3 May, Gdańsk Shipyard and monuments from the times of the Union of Lublin. Read more »