At the end of June this year, the twentieth anniversary edition of the competition for second-year, fourth-semester students of the Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology - Concrete Architecture - Game of Lumps - House in the Landscape - was decided. This competition is the result of cooperation between the Department of Residential Architecture and Architectural Composition of IPA WA PK and the Association of Cement Manufacturers.
The competition was conducted as part of the Architectural and Urban Design course under the direction of Tomasz Kozlowski, PhD, professor at the Cracow University of Technology. The subject of the semester exercise was HOUSE, and the students' task was to design a detached single-family house, located on a designated plot of land near the city. The area designated for the construction of the house and the adjacent park are located on a small hill with a gentle, sunny slope, with noticeable differences in elevation. Next to the plot are located agricultural areas, further away a small river.
The task facing the students, the future architects, is to present their thoughts in a very precise and understandable way. Here "crazy" projects are to be created , but suitable for implementation without excessive costs. After all, in the work of the students they will be created only on paper, but the purpose of the exercise is to learn how to realistically approach the design of even the most unrealistic houses. Our game should consist of at least a game of two, freely chosen by the students, solids filled with appropriate functions, according to precise assumptions. The solids are to combine into a whole that is simple to describe verbally and forms an unambiguous whole," Tomasz Kozlowski wrote about the task.
The jury of the competition, composed of Tomasz Kozlowski, PhD, Professor PK, Professor Justyna Kobylarczyk, Zbigniew Pilch, Dr. Anna Mielnik, Dr. Monika Gała-Walczowska, Dr. Marek Początko, Dr. Przemysław Bigaj, Piotr Stalony-Dobrzański, Wojciech Ciepłucha and Grzegorz Twardowski, awarded three equal prizes and twenty-four honorable mentions.
author: Mateusz Binda
lead: Anna Mielnik
The body of the house consists of two main parts: a perpendicular cuboid concrete wall, which is driven like a wedge into the hillside, and a block based on the shape of a Greek cross. The forms were set perpendicular to each other, so that as a result of their piercing, a part of one of them was overhung above the falling slope. The motif of the cross was repeated in the form of a pillar and is consistently continued in the drawing of the projections and sections. The composition and shape of the forms juxtaposed in the design of the house, as well as the objects scattered around it, refer to the works of suprematism.
© Mateusz Binda
author: Weronika Kołodziejczyk
lead: Przemysław Bigaj
The building consists of a cuboid, two prisms with a triangular base, a cylinder and an arched part, situated on a gentle, sunny slope. The composition is based on the principle of contrasting coexistence of forms. The play of solids involves playing with proportions, heights and shapes. On the first floor a garage is located, on the second floor a living zone with a view of the landscape and a terrace, which, connected by stairs to the grounds, allows walks among the greenery surrounding the house. The top floor is the night zone, connected to the rest of the house by a glass link.
© Weronika Kołodziejczyk
author: Diana Yarkovska
lead: Grzegorz Twardowski
The pretext for the search for architectural form was the play of elementary solids. The designed building consists of: a cuboid, a cylinder and a prism with a base of a circle slice, intellectually interpenetrating each other and a rectangle standing next to it. The design is completed by an irregular wave shape that finely emerges from the cylinder. Shapes found in the space of geometry, create a concise architectural form and a play of solids. The vision of the spatial formation of the building is matched by the simple, clear functional layout seen in the plan.
© Diana Yarkovska
Honorable mentions were awarded to: Julia Baran, Sara Bartuś, Zuzanna Budzyń, Mateusz Cęckiewicz, Dominika Cieplak, Kamil Federyga, Palina Hauryshuk, Aleksandra Iwańska, Weronika Kalina, Malgorzata Kawula, Monika Kądziołka, Simone Koczyla, Jakub Kolak, Szymon Kolcz, Gabriela Lach, Paulina Macieja, Jan Magiera, Natalia Mordarska, Damian Nowak, Karolina Pochopień, Zofia Przewrocka, Dilyara Torbayeva, Dominika Tyrlik andAngelika Żądło.
works awarded in the competition
© archives of the organizers