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Project of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Lviv - results of the competition

18 of March '20

We know the results of the competition for the design of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute building in Lviv. The competition, organized by the Cracow University of Technology, was aimed at second-year students of the Faculty of Architecture.

The competition projects were made under the direction of Kazimierz Butelski, PhD, Marta Łukasik, PhD, and Piotr Czerwiński, PhD, and as part of integrated design in cooperation with Prof. Janusz Rębielak and Stanislaw Czernik from the Department of Construction and Building Techniques at the Institute of Building Design at WA PK. The idea of designing public buildings dedicated to Adam Mickiewicz has a long tradition in the Department of Social and Service Architecture A-24 IPA A-2. In past years, students had the opportunity to design buildings in Berlin, Beirut and Hong Kong. This year's assignment and its location in Lviv also provided an opportunity for a research trip to Ukraine.

The competition jury was composed of the chairman of the Małopolska Regional Chamber of Architects of the Republic of Poland Marek Tarko, founder of the WIZJA design office Stanislaw Deńko and Boguslaw Podhalanski, PhD. Five projects were selected.


I place

© Aleksandra Szeliga

The competition jury decided to awardfirst place to Aleksandra Szeliga, whose project was recognized for its special attention to urban greenery. The simplicity and coherence of the building are evident in the clear functional layout with a centrally located auditorium. On the ceiling of the hall the author designed a green garden. An intimate square is the entrance zone to the high, glass foyer of the building. Thanks to such a solution, the indoor and outdoor spaces have been interconnected, and parts of the building with different functions have been clearly separated from each other. The minimalist, openwork white facade provides a backdrop to the neighboring historic buildings. The student also addressed spatial relations by creating a viewing axis on the line between the Lviv Opera House and the Transfiguration Church.

2nd place

© Jakub Fularski

Jakub Fularski tooksecond place, proposing a minimalist solution. Attention is drawn to the red of the first floor profiles used in front of the glazing of the retracted facade. The facades of the upper floors are covered with white-colored profiles. The clear functional layout exposes the auditorium as the most important element of the composition.

Third place

© Natalia Irla

The jury awarded third place to Natalia Irla, who used the rhythm motif to add simple elements that obscure the building's facade. Made of concrete, the razor blades mask the two levels of glazing of the block, giving the whole a distinct, austere aesthetic and reducing overheating of the rooms. The first floor is glazed and set back from the upper floors, the last of which features a green courtyard.


Two honorable mentions were also awarded in the competition.

I honorable mention

© Aleksandra Drelich

Thefirst honorable mention went to Aleksandra Drelich. The body of the building designed by the student consists of two interpenetrating, curved forms, which, according to the author, symbolize the historical and cultural relations linking Poland and Ukraine. The facade of the building is covered with concrete in various shades of gray.

2nd honorable mention

© Beata Król

Second honorable mention went to Beata Król, who created a closed, compact block with a golden color. The only accent remains the corner of the building with a small square and an entrance leading to the spacious lobby of the Institute.

Congratulations to all participants.

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illustrations provided courtesy of the organizers.

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