2020 Brick Award Goes to University of Silesia Radio and Television Department
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The building of the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice has won the prestigious Brick Award Grand Prize, as well as winning in the Sharing Public Spaces category!
On 23rd September 2020, an international jury chose six brick architectural gems from among the 50 that were nominated from around the globe. Six winners were awarded in five categories: Feeling at Home, Sharing Public Spaces, Living Together, Working Together, and Building Outside the Box, and one was chosen for the Grand Prize.
The building of the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice won both the prestigious Brick Award Grand Prize, as well as the prize in the Sharing Public Spaces category.
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The dark and stained brick is full of meanings that speak about the past and the Silesian coal mines.
This prize is a well-deserved success: the headquarters of the Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice, designed by BAAS Arquitectura, Grupa 5 Architekci and Małeccy Biuro Projektowe, has already won a number of awards in Poland and abroad, and was nominated for the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe Award in 2019. The building is appreciated for entering into the specific context of the densely built-up centre of Katowice, for a contemporary reference to the tradition of Silesian architecture, and for creating a comfortable, functional learning space for students.
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The justification of the jury’s Grand Prize-winner selection:
Historically and architecturally, Katowice is a richly layered if darkly cinematic city. In the 19th century, its coalmines, steel mills, foundries and brickworks paid for grand boulevards. Fought over by the Nazis and Soviets in the 1940s, it was ravaged and the old city streets with many attractive buildings were torn down. Today, the city is known for its culture rather than coal mining. Here, in the Chiaroscuro core of the city, is a magical new building that marries Katowice's history to the city's future. A surviving dark brick tenement building has been renovated and wrapped in a screen of bricks sheltering a new university faculty of radio and television.
Behind the dark brick screen, the faculty building opens up into new spaces, light when they need to be, shadowy and even a little dark, too, with the classrooms and studios surrounding the inner courtyard. The brick curtain is made of the same material as the surviving 19th-century house, so the building has a consistency of texture. These bricks - burned in Europe's last – coal-fuelled kilns are nuanced with dark sintering and graduations of colour used throughout the building.
The architects show how a city-centre building can be innovative and, at the same time, a guardian and interpreter of the past. This is a haunting design and a pitch-perfect setting for film students.
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Oriinally written in Polish, updated by NR, 23 Sep 2020
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