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Facts, people, money. Bartlomiej Popiela of POLE Architects in the series "10 Questions to..."

19 of August '21

"10 Questions to..." is a series of short conversations with architects and female architects, to whom we address the same pool of questions. In today's installment of the mini-interview, Bartlomiej Popiela of Warsaw-based POLE Architects talked about his favorite architectural cocktail, a book that stabbed him in the ribs from an early age and an uneven battle.

Bartłomiej Popiela - studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology and Politecnico di Milano. He gained professional experience in Poland - in the studios of Atelier Loegler Architekci, G20 Architekci, WWA and 307kilo Architekci and abroad, in the office of Marc Koehler Architects in Amsterdam. Since 2015, together with Łukasz Gniewek and Wojciech Gajewski, he has been running the Warsaw studio POLE Architekci.

1. architecture in three words...?

a. Facts - that is, knowledge, experience, merit, responsibility, trust, knowledge of the law.
b. People - that is, the team, clients, investors, colleagues, officials, contractors, residents, users.
c. Money - i.e. investment, capital, budget, credit, salary, liquidity, profit.

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

a. Baba Yaga's house.
b. A commercial pavilion in Nadarzyn.
c. The house on Potocka Street.

All of them by us, thanks to which we can continue to realize our dreams....

3. most important book on architecture...?

"7 wonders of the world" - Because it was the first, I slept with it until it stabbed my ribs.
"Badly Born" by Filip Springer - because it tells the stories of people and the genesis of the creation of buildings, rather than describing the effect, which is usually visible after all.
"Architecture - Choice or Destiny" by Léon Krier - an excellent read that punctuates modernism and reinforced my belief that urban planning is more important than architecture.

4. most inspiring city and why...?

Warsaw - this architectural cocktail, constantly surprises me.

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

Le Corbusier - it would probably be hard to collaborate, but feels that you could learn a lot, also after work :)

6. hand drawing or computer drawing?

Hand-drawing - although I still don't get enough.

7. mockup or 3D model?

Mockups very much.

8. modernism or postmodernism?

Modernism - but worth discussing sometimes.

9. working after hours or sports?

I prefer sports - although I feel like I keep losing in this uneven battle.

10. architecture or business?

Architecture ... and Business :)

The vote has already been cast