Before Bogusław Barnaś founded his own studio in December 2009, he studied at two higher education institutions and undertook internships at four different design studios. Banaś combined five years of studies at the Faculty of Architecture of the Kraków University of Technology with over a year of studies at Fachhochschule Münster in Germany.
Architect, founder of BXBstudio
After the young architect defended his diploma at the Kraków University of Technology, he began to learn his profession in practice: at first, at the London studio SLLB Architects and later from Norman Foster himself (Barnaś was involved with the bureau Foster + Partners for one and a half years). Barnaś spent 2008 collaborating with the studio Make Architects, and the next year collaborating with the well-known Kraków studio Ingarden & Ewy Architekci. Only after these internships, apprenticeships and months of work did he decide to start his own designing activity by founding BXBstudio. Since February 2012, Bogusław Banaś has also been sharing his experience with others as a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of Kraków University of Technology.
BXB Studio strongly emphasizes the relationship between man and nature, which specifically influences the character of the created spaces – forms, interiors, buildings, urban structures. We believe that sustainable development of planet Earth will change the world to be better, prettier and healthier, and will lead humanity to new, still uncharted regions. Designing energetically balanced single-family houses is a big part of BXBstudio’s activity – Bogusław Banaś writes on the studio's website.
These ideas may be easily found in the designs of the Kraków architect. The Polish House / Dom Polski – a single-family structure designed in 2013 for a plot in Gródek-on-Dunajec is a transposition of local building traditions – the shapes of country cottages and wooden churches - into modern forms. The designer himself described the form of this house with the following words: “The static, heavy cuboid refers to traditional log houses and the dynamic, light form that tops the house was inspired by the forms of wooden churches roofed with shingles. Two separate architectural forms create an intriguing spatial dialogue of contrasts”.
contemporary polish architecture
The house Skyfall has a completely different character. The owner of this house wanted to combine the desire to have a comfortable living space with… “a theatrically tinged dream about an impressive film fortress inspired by the James Bond action films” (that’s how the architect described it). That was how the building composed of simple cubes topped with terraces was created. The house has a garden on the roof and the cubes have huge glass elements through which the interior is magnificently lit. In 2013, the design of The House Under the Canyon / Dom pod Jarem, a house in the Jasło commune, was created. Here the key element of the design was the lay of the surrounding land – the tree-covered canyon influenced the form of the house, which was positioned so that the house’s windows would frame views of the picturesque landscape. When Bogusław Barnaś was designing A House for an Artist / Dom dla Artysty, he integrated this building with the landscape of an area located near Kraków and devised a structure using contrasts of forms, textures and shapes to create “emotional tensions” which stimulate creativity and affect human sensibility. That is why the building’s design features a juxtaposition of smooth, glass surfaces and rough concrete as well as a juxtaposition of the horizontal line of the terrace and the zig-zag roof topping the house.
Bogusław Barnaś emphasizes that in “his designing activity he draws inspiration from native traditions, amongst others from the Zakopane style and wooden sacral architecture – log churches, and refers to the rich Polish culture as he transforms historical motifs into modern, contemporary designs”.
This was appreciated by the editorial office of the British magazine Wallpaper, which deemed Bogusław Barnaś’ studio one of the most interesting architectural practices of 2014.
Author: Anna Cymer, June 2014
Translated by: Marek Kępa