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Context, responsibility, creation. Anna Koszela in the series "10 questions to..."

13 of May '21

"10 Questions to..." is a series of short interviews with architects and female architects, to whom we address the same pool of questions. In today's installment of the mini-interview about the most important buildings and an inspiring (but disturbing) city, interior designer Anna Koszela answered.

Anna Koszela- has been designing private and commercial interiors for over eighteen years. Her projects have been awarded in international competitions (including the European Property Awards), but her greatest satisfaction comes from the trust of her clients. In her projects she focuses on natural materials, design classics and elegance. In her opinion, the places we live in should reflect our lifestyle, habits and taste. Only then can they become a real Home for us.

1. architecture in three words...?

a. Context.
b. Responsibility.
c. Creation.

2. the three most important buildings for you...?

a. Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. I am captivated by its combination of modernist architecture and natural materials, in particular - exposing the beauty of stone.
b. Industrial interiors of Lodz factories, which I had the opportunity to see first as ruins and later as revitalized buildings. They are important to me because they are connected with memories, but also because they had a great influence on my sense of taste and aesthetics in interior design. Their echoes still resonate in my realizations.
c. Tate Modern in London - this is a very successful adaptation of an old power station, carried out with respect for the existing architecture. It is also a wonderful place where you can interact with the art of the world's most prominent artists.

3. the most important book on architecture...?

Juhani Pallasmaa, "Eyes of the Skin. Architecture and the Senses."

4. most inspiring city and why...?

I've been thinking a lot about Dubai lately - it's both fascinating and terrifying. On the one hand, it's an artificial creation, devoid of context, located in the desert. On the other hand, it is very inspiring, because of its outstanding engineering. It's a city of the future, with a marina that the most beautiful European cities wouldn't be ashamed of, and plenty of skyscrapers.

5. architect with whom you would like to design something and why...?

Modernism is close to me. I always liked Frank Lloyd Wright's aesthetics and how he combined architecture with nature. His designs were never disconnected from the landscape. I had similar thoughts during my trip to Lanzarote, where I admired the works of César Manrique. It was architecture embedded in the landscape, modernist and full of context.

6. hand-drawing or computer drawing?

Computer. Today we are accustomed to easily and quickly changing colors, sizes, settings. It takes less time to edit and distribute a virtual image.

7. mockup or 3D model?

Moodboard ;) On a daily basis we can do without visualization, but I can't imagine working with a client without a presentation of materials and textures....

8. modernism or postmodernism?


9. working after hours or sports?


10. architecture or business?

Architecture & Business :)

The vote has already been cast