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Julia Trzepizur - "Sensory meeting space".

14 of December '23
Technical data
Type: undergraduate thesis
Year of defense: 2023
Name: "Sensory meeting space - Adaptation of the former hospital support building in the area of Kraków Wesoła / Śniadeckich 3 Street".
Author: Julia Trzepizur
University: Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Faculty of Architecture Wntęrz
Promoter: Prof. Rafał Ziembiński

Work submitted for the competition
"Best Interior Diploma 2022/2024".

The subject of the thesis is an existing building on a post-hospital site. The building is located on the former site of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the Medical Academy in Cracow at 3 Jana and Jędrzeja Śniadeckich Street, within the historic Wesoła district. The design of the building was made in 1958 by Miastoprojekt - Kraków as an observation pavilion.

The analysis of the building's location suggested the creation of a space of public character, which should be in symbiosis with the surrounding green areas. The existing structure in the area guided the theme and problems of my work. I wanted to create a meeting place that would have a positive impact on our well-being, stimulate the senses and allow the nervous system to calm down.

Obiekt, stan obecny Stan obecny obiektu

current status of the facility

© Julia Trzepizur

The goal of the designed spaces is to bring the building on the post-hospital grounds back to life, in order to show the potential of the facilities that can be enjoyed by visitors. The design concept is based on the existing grid of rooms and facilities in the immediate vicinity, so the space has been divided into clear zones. New pedestrian routes leading directly from Sniadeckich Street have been created to facilitate access to the building.

 Plan sytuacyjny, dzielnica Wesoła  Strefa wejścia do pawilonu

site plan and entrance area

© Julia Trzepizur

The building is sensory stimulating, that is, it allows us to explore the space with all our senses. The zoning is intended to provide a comfortable feeling and give us the opportunity to stimulate selected senses and quiet others. I also introduced plant beds, they are a place for insects to live, contribute to filtering the air and produce oxygen.

Przekrój pawilonu Szkice

cross-section and design sketches

© Julia Trzepizur

In all spaces, intense visual stimuli have been reduced, so that being in them provides solace. This was achieved through the use of a subdued range of colors and the use of natural materials. The structured materials, through their textures and matter, have another task: to stimulate tactile sensitivity. Another important space-building factor is light. Filtered into the interior by leaves and tree branches, it creates changing visual effects. The connection between the environment and the interior was achieved by adding roof windows and enlarging all window openings.

Strefa wejścia Strefa wejścia

In all spaces, intense visual stimuli have been reduced,
so that being in them would provide solace

© Julia Trzepizur

entrance area

The wood on the wall was left in its natural form, its roughness and texture inviting one to holistically enter into dialogue with this space and feel it not only through the sense of sight, but also through touch, smell or taste.

Herbaciarnia Herbaciarnia


© Julia Trzepizur

tea room

Another zone is the space of the tea room. It should be experienced with all the senses, so in addition to drinking infusions and stimulating the sense of taste, the sense of smell is also stimulated with freshly brewed herbs or ground coffee. Simple forms in the interior are combined with the presence of trees. The time spent here creates sensations and memories, allows you to relax and enjoy the experience.

Strefa kuchni Strefa roślin

kitchen and plant area

© Julia Trzepizur

kitchen zone

These spaces were created for people who do not have adequate space or conditions in their homes, or who want to change their surroundings, but at the same time want to prepare meals themselves. Spaces can be modified, separate zones depending on the number of people. The use of smart glass partitions makes it easy to enlarge the space: either by sliding the partition down or closing it, creating a more private atmosphere.

Strefa roślin Strefa roślin

plant area

© Julia Trzepizur

plant zone

The plant zone has been divided into two parts. The first is located directly in the facility, and the second is its continuation in the garden. The advantage of the indoor sensory garden is that it stimulates all of our senses, and products can be obtained from it for use in the kitchen or tea room area.


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