Poles Among the 20+10+X Architecture Awards Laureates
small, Poles Among the 20+10+X Architecture Awards Laureates, A visualization of the Dom Korona project by 81.WAW.PL architectural studio, photo: press materials, dom-korona_81.waw_.pl_07.jpg
A house designed for a pair of musicians by 30-year-old architect Bartek Piotrowski is among the ten projects mostly highly rated by the Worldarchitecture.org readers.
This is the sixteenth time that the society of architecture fans and experts of the Worldarchitecture.org
portal have granted their awards. The contest, which judges the creativity, originality and novelty of architectural projects, is divided into two parts: one of the awards is granted by the registered users of the portal (ordinary readers and architecture fans) and the other by the honorary members, which means architects, and those involved with field of architecture – critics, historians, journalists and curators.
The evaluation covers all of the projects submitted to the editors of Worldarchitecture.org portal throughout the year by architects from all over the world. Projects belonging to various categories – from single-family homes and upgrades of existing buildings to huge public facilities and skyscrapers – are evaluated.
Each year, the Worldarchitecture.org community selects the ten best projects and the honorary members select twenty. What matters is the number of points awarded to each presented project by all members of this community. In 2014, two works from Poland were among the most highly rated works. One was chosen by the more than more than two hundred and fifty honorary members and the other by the still growing group of registered users, numbering 18 thousand at the beginning of 2014.
The project of a single family home located in the mountains and developed by Warsaw’s 81.WAW.PL
studio was appreciated by the specialist committee of honorary members. The house with its expressive silhouette has a form which is a paraphrase of soaring mountain peaks and its character its defined by a angled roof.
“The architects decided to integrate the house into the landscape not by the dynamic form of the object but by the unconventional approach to the roof” – one can read in the author’s description. The angled roof has many planes, which gives the form an original and coherent look. The project by 81.WAW.PL, (featuring Anna Paszkowska-Grudziąż and Rafał Grudziąż), was appreciated along with projects from Germany, Great Britain, Albania, China, India, Pakistan, Canada and Turkey, among others.
One of the projects most highly rated by the registered readers of Worldarchitecture.com was a house designed by 30-year old architect Bartek Piotrowski. The building was designed with the the needs of a couple of musicians in mind, therefore it also a houses a recording studio.
But what most strongly affected the shape of the building was one limitation – the house had to be cheap. The architect decided to situate it on the hillside with a glass wall facing the south to guarantee maximum daylight for the interior. In order to thermally insulate the building, it was equipped with a “second skin”, an additional layer on the façades protecting the house from the cold, a movable part of which can also cover the glass façade.
The presence of Polish architects among the laureates of the 20+10+X Architecture Awards isn’t anything new. In 2013, the Worldarchitecture.org readers gave high ratings to projects by the Kameleonlab (as well as in 2012), artectonica and BXBstudio; the year before awards were received by Mateusz Górnik, Marek Wróblewski and Ewelina Jaskulska. In fact, each year the World Architecture society awards at least one Polish project.
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For more information visit the website: www.worldarchitecture.org/winners
Ed. Anna Cymer, transl. szm, November 2014