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Marta Nowosielska of XYstudio about the most important buildings and the inspiring city

02 of July '20

"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 , Filip Domaszczynski, Marta Nowosielska and Dorota Sibinska of Warsaw's XYstudio will answer our ten questions.

Marta Nowosielska - a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, architect, co-owner of the Warsaw-based XYstudio studio, founded in 2004, co-author, among others, of the award-winning "Yellow Elephant" kindergarten in Suwałki and the Grand Prix of the "Polityka" Architecture Prize, awarded this year. - House for the Homeless in Jankowice.

1. architecture in three words...?

a. Function.
b. Context.
c. Proportion.

2: The three most important buildings for you are?

a. The building of the Prudential Insurance Company (Warsaw Hotel) in Warsaw.
b. The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Taliesin.
c. The Yellow Elephant kindergarten in Ostrow Mazowiecka.

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

Siegfried Giedion, "Space, Time and Architecture."

4. most inspiring city and why...?

Warsaw... For rising from the dead.

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

It doesn't count with whom, it counts what.

6. hand drawing or computer drawing?

Hand drawing.

7. mockup or 3D model?

3D model.

8. modernism or postmodernism?


9. After-hours work or sports?


10. architecture or business?

50/50 architecture and business.

If you have suggestions for questions you'd like us to ask, or people of architects whose answers to these questions you'd like to know - let us know in the comments.

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