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10 objects for the 10th edition of the POLITYKA Architectural Award

14 of April '21

In this year's jubilee 10th edition of the POLITYKA Architectural Award, in addition to the five projects nominated by the group of nominees, the editors of the weekly distinguished another five, most interesting in their opinion, which will have a chance to compete for the Internauts' Award. Who has a chance to win the POLITYKA Architecture Award this year?

Awarded for the tenth time in the field of architecture and spatial order, the aim is to promote realizations that not only clearly improve the aesthetics of the surroundings, are user-friendly, but also constitute, as the organizers write, a symbol of good taste. Composed of more than forty representatives of the architectural community - architects and architects, urban planners and urban planners, critics and critics of architecture (including Malgorzata Tomczak, editor-in-chief of A&B) and representatives and representatives of associations and organizations working for order in public space - the group nominated objects completed in the previous year in three categories: architectural realizations, urban solutions and art in public space. From among the five objects thus selected, the jury will choose the Grand Prix winner.

Finalists of the 10th edition
of the POLITYKA Architectural Award

Local Activity Center in Rybnik designed by Marlena Wolnik MW Architekci studio

Centrum Aktywności Lokalnej
w Rybniku

Center for Local Activity in Rybnik

Photo: Michał Jędrzejowski © MWArchitekci

The simple and modest building of Rybnik's Local Activity Center, thanks to its friendly materials and light form, creates an open and integrative space for the neighborhood's residents.

Thebackground architecture is modest and blends in with the surroundings, creating space more than being a visible volume itself. A place accessible to everyone, "within reach," encouraging people to leave their homes, wanting to hang out with each other and strengthening the ties both with each other and, through the symbolism of the place and the shape of the buildings, the neighborhood with the city," reads the author's description of the project.

You can read more about the realization on our portal: What's happening in Rybnik? MWArchitekci design CALs, and how!

NOBU Hotel in Warsaw
project by medusa group

Nobu Hotel Warsaw

Nobu Hotel Warsaw

Photo: Nate Cook

The five-star hotel, with an unusual , curved, dark body, in which each floor is slightly offset, was built on a triangular plot in the center of Warsaw and was connected to the existing, light-colored building of the Rialto Hotel.

We wanted an original but collision-free connection. In addition to the two buildings, we merged two Warsaws - today's modern, cosmopolitan one, like any capital city, with the old one, remembering pre-war times. [...] You can see how the Polish capital looked and looks today. The buildings were also connected to each other by contrast - architectural and color," said Przemo Lukasik.

You can read more about the realization on our portal: Nobu Hotel Warsaw already open! We talk about Robert De Niro's investment with Przemo Lukasik of Medusa Group

Educational Pavilion Kamień in Warsaw
designed by eM4.Pracownia Architektury.Brataniec

Pawilon Edukacyjny

Educational Pavilion Stone

Photo: Rafał Motyl © Warsaw City Hall.

Unusual, resembling a huge post-glacial erratic boulder, the Kamień Educational Pavilion is located in Warsaw's Golędzinów district, near the Vistula River and the surrounding floodplain meadows. The two-story building with an open, multifunctional space on the first floor and a mezzanine designed for exhibitions is to bring users closer to the natural riches of the river, popularize knowledge of birds and Vistula nature and promote the idea of protecting Natura 2000 areas.

You can read more about the realization on our portal: Kamień Educational Pavilion. A new place on the map of Warsaw

MOSM canoeing marina in Tychy
project RS+ Robert Skitek

przystań kajakowa
w Tychach

Canoe marina in Tychy

photo: Tomasz Zakrzewski

Located on Lake Paprocany in T ychy, the canoe marina with a dynamic, broken body is functionally and visually divided into two zones - training and storage. Although the functions are separated in the lower part of the facility, they are connected by a common green roof with a picturesque view of the lake. The wood-clad block is surrounded by green slopes, and on the lake side the architects planned wide stairs - grandstands. The whole creates an attractive, accessible public space for residents.

You can read more about the realization on our portal: Paprocany Canoe Marina. New facility on Lake Paprocany

Powiśle Power Plant office, service and residential complex in Warsaw designed by APA Wojciechowski

Elektrownia Powiśle

Powiśle power plant

photo: Rafał Klos

Operating since 1904, the then largest and most modern power plant in Poland ended its operations in 2001. Thanks to reconstruction and adaptation, the historic complex was transformed into a shopping center.

What distinguishes the nominated Powisle Power Plant? Great respect for the past. It rejected the principle (unfortunately, found elsewhere) to demolish everything the preservationist allows, preserving symbolic traces of history. Here, an effort was made to preserve as many of them as possible, which sometimes required - due to the scale of destruction - a great deal of effort," Piotr Sarzynski wrote in Polityka.

You can read more about the realization on our portal: Elektrownia Powiśle - a new shopping center on the map of Warsaw

awarded five

This year, on the occasion of the plebiscite's anniversary, the editors of tygdoniak decided to select five more objects, which, although they will not compete for the Grand Prix, will take part in the Internauts' vote, which lasts until April 25.

The editors singled out:

Thebus station in Kielce designed by Kamiński Bojarowicz Architects, the Concordia Design building in Wroclaw designed by the MVRDV office in cooperation with the Q2studio studio, the Mausoleum of Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Michniów designed by Nizio Design International Mirosław Nizio, the Jozef Pilsudski Museum inSulejówek built according to the concept of Krzysztof Jaraczewski and Radosław Kacprzak; general designer PIG Architects (Michal Lah, Tomasz Grzesik), and the Abram Gurewicz Sanatorium in Otwock designed by the Grupa 5 Architekci team, (interior architecture: Grupa 5 Architekci/MAMarchitekci).

The winner of the Grand Prix of the 10th edition of the POLITYKA Architectural Award will be announced in June this year. Voting for the Internauts' Award continues until April 25.

compiled by:
Ola Kloc

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