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Aleksandra Mucha - "Cultural Forge. Adaptation and expansion of a former smithy into a social integration center"

15 of February '24
Technical data
Type: engineering thesis
Year of defense: 2022

Aleksandra Mucha

Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu
Eugeniusz Skrzypczak Ph.D. Prof. UAP

Work submitted for the competition
"Best Diploma Architecture"

The diploma work concerned the expansion and adaptation of a smithy from the early 20th century, from the Prussian army era, located in Biedrusk near Poznan. The aim of the project was to create an integrative space for residents, while allowing them to get in touch with the history of the Biedrusk area. There are a number of historic buildings related to military activities and the history of the von Treskow family. Cultural heritage can be an important factor in the development of the village, while also attracting visitors.



© Aleksandra Mucha

The municipality is careful to minimize threats to existing historic sites, especially military sites. However, not all sites, including the smithy under consideration, are fully protected. According to the environmental impact projections in the Biedrusk local development plan, the area of the plot under development does not contain registered historical objects subject to preservation.

The lack of a clear village center and the growing number of residents were the impetus for starting the project. A plot of land next to the main road and an important pedestrian thoroughfare was chosen, which has so far remained a wasteland.

uwarunkowania        uwarunkowania


© Aleksandra Mucha


The designed plot of land is irregular in shape and is bordered by residential buildings to the west, and is surrounded by roads on the other sides, which allows the building to be viewed from different perspectives. The building, one-story in a circular form with a square in the center, was designed so that the blacksmith shop is the most visible element from the main road. The site has many trees and shrubs, which form the basis for a park. The building's program and the relationship between old and new are inscribed in the circular form, symbolizing the diversity of the environment and the ongoing cycle of time.

forma        forma


© Aleksandra Mucha

The social integration center, which is the new center of the village, is aesthetically neutral to its surroundings. The new part of the center, which has a flat roof, complements the historic buildings, standing out with its distinctiveness. Despite the functional unity, the designed center is visually divided into two parts, with the smithy playing the main role.

widok Kuźni Kultury

view of the Culture Forge

© Aleksandra Mucha


The modern community center in Biedrusk is intended to be a flexible center for active social life. The project is intended to awaken interests, enabling the development of social ties and becoming a symbol of intellectual and artistic life. The facility is transformed into a recreational space by organizing active leisure activities, and also serves a variety of social, cultural and political initiatives.

strefowanie        Kuźnia Kultury

zoning; historical part of the development

© Aleksandra Mucha

The relationship between the old and new buildings is based on a functional spatial arrangement; there are zones of history, culture and gastronomy. The central plaza can be an extension of any of these zones as needed. The facility can operate in two directions: towards the park or the main square of Biedrusk.

The functional layout includes the smithy as a history zone, which connects to the main hall. The smithy becomes not only a place ascribed to function, but also a monument to history around which life in the main square is centered.

widok od strony parku, dzień

view from the park, day

© Aleksandra Mucha

The cultural zone is a multifunctional space with three halls in the central part of the wing. The halls can be customized and opened in different directions.

The social integration center the new center of the village also includes a catering zone. A square garden can also be added to the dining hall, which faces south toward the smithy, in summer, continuing the gastronomic tradition on the site.

wizualizacja wnętrza

interior visualization

© Aleksandra Mucha


Illustrations: © Author

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