In October 2022, we settled the second edition of the "Best Interior Diploma" competition for the best student diploma. The competition included bachelor's and master's theses defended in 2020-2022. Of the projects nominated for the finals, we selected, in our opinion, the three best. We awarded the first prize to Ursula Krauze, the second prize to Alicja Pieczykolan, and the third prize to Veronica Kuzma. Meanwhile, the Audience Award , chosen by online voting, went to Philipp Pietryja.
First prize, proj.: Urszula Krauze
BACHELOR'S THESIS (YEAR OF DEFENSE: 2022) - "REVITALIZATION OF THE RUINS OF THE CHURCH IN STEBLEWO".
(Faculty of Architecture and Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk), PROMOTOR: Dr. Tomasz Zmyślony
© Urszula Krauze
First Prize - the new function of the ruins
Thefirst prize was awarded to the undergraduate thesis by Urszula Krauze, "Revitalization of the ruins of the church in Steblewo." The diploma was executed under the supervision of Dr. Tomasz Zmyślony and defended in 2022 at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk [see A&B 09/22].
On the site of the ruins of the church in Steblewo, the author assumed the creation of, among other things, a meeting place, a culinary and artistic workshop space and an ecological greenhouse. Important aspects in the project are minimal interference with the historic ruins, taking a temporary form, and attention to the history of the site. The work preserves the current state of the ruins, and according to the author, the essence of the project is an architectural dialogue between old and new, past and present.
1st Prize "REVITALIZATION OF THE RUINS OF THE CHURCH IN STEBLEW."
© Urszula Krauze
Urszula Krauze's work makes very good use of the existing structure, not interfering with its substance, but introducing new details and solutions, operating with simplicity of forms. The author has avoided literal references, and the designed interferences have an unmistakably contemporary, albeit modest, expression.
However, we pointed out the incorrect use of the word "revitalization" - which cannot refer to the renovation of a single building - it is a complex socio-economic and spatial process. A word that architects misuse, and this is due to their misunderstanding of it.
II Prize, design: Alicja Pieczykolan
BACHELOR'S THESIS (YEAR OF DEFENSE: 2021)
"Design for the adaptation of a building on Tamka Island in Wroclaw for the "Babossa" Jazz and Swing Center".
(Faculty of Interior Design, Design and Scenography, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw),
PROMOTOR: Katarzyna Jagiełło, Ph.
© Alicja Pieczykolan
Second Prize - interpretation of art déco
The bachelor 's thesis by Alicja Pieczykolan "Project for the adaptation of a building on Tamka Island in Wroclaw for the "Babossa" Jazz and Swing Center" received the second prize. The concept was made under the supervision of Dr. Katarzyna Jagiello and defended in 2021 at the Faculty of Interior Design, Design and Scenography of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw [see A&B 06/2022]. The author's proposed project concerns the transformation of the space of a building located on Wrocław's Tamka Island into a Jazz and Swing Center vibrant with color and references to the style of the 1920s and 1930s. Alicja Pieczykolan seeks to evoke the New Orleans energy and create a space that, in her words, "reconnects and sustains the beauty of the eternal jam session, offering users a place to spend time in a multidimensional way."
Second Prize, "Project for the adaptation of a building on Tamka Island in Wroclaw for the "Babossa" Jazz and Swing Center."
© Alicja Pieczykolan
We awarded the work, among other things, for an unconventional concept creating a theatrical space and a materially daring, contemporary interpretation of the art déco style. We drew attention to the design maturity, refined, ornate interior costume, full of eye-catching details, color energy, and for playing with textures and light.
Third Prize, designer: Weronika Kuzma
MASTER'S THESIS (YEAR OF DEFENSE: 2021)
"Permanent home. A family for good. Adaptation of a mill to house an adoptive family in the village of Kula-Młyn".
(Faculty of Architecture and Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk),
PROMOTERS: Prof. Beata Szymanska, Dr. Pawel Czarzasty
© Weronika Kuzma
Third Prize - unconventional housing.
Thethird prize, for well-thought-out solutions, adaptations of the existing structure for the purposes of unconventional housing and addressing an important social problem, went to Weronika Kuzma, author of the master's thesis defended in 2021 - "Permanent Home. A family on permanent basis. Adaptation of a mill to house an adoptive family in the village of Kula-Mill" [see A&B 01/22]. The diploma was prepared under the supervision of Prof. Beata Szymanska and Dr. Pawel Czarzasty at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. Weronika Kuzma's work is an attempt to revive an old mill by transforming it into a home for an adoptive family.
Third Prize, "Permanent Home. Permanent Family. Adaptation of a mill to house an adoptive family in the village of Kula-Młyn".
© Weronika Kuzma
The project is a combination of the current state, historical and new touches, and its author tries to prove that architecture can have therapeutic properties and influence human relations. However, a slight doubt is raised by the large area and "in-between" spaces, which have no clearly defined functions, and affect the building's operating costs.
Audience Award in the 2nd edition of the "Best Interior Design Diploma" competition.
MASTER'S THESIS (YEAR OF DEFENSE: 2021) - "BOURGEOIS BREWERY IN WROCLAW".
AUTHOR: Philipp Pietryja (Faculty of Interior Design, Design and Scenography
Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw)
PROMOTOR: Katarzyna Jagiełło, PhD.
© Philipp Pietryja
In September of this year, we gave A&B readers a vote by announcing the Audience Award. Internet users were able to vote for over a month for their favorite thesis project. The winner was the master's thesis Browar Mieszczański in Wrocław by Philipp Pietryja, prepared under the supervision of Dr. Katarzyna Jagiełło at the Faculty of Interior Design, Design and Scenography at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, which received 352 votes. Next place went to Weronika Mach 's bachelor's thesis Gallery EL - space liberated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with 297 votes, followed by Klaudia Towarnicka with her work House of Words. Culture of writing and books. Adaptation of the interior of the former convent of St. Monica in Lisbon. This undergraduate work was also done at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and received 261 votes. Full voting results can be found here.
Audience Award "BROWAR MIESZCZAŃSKI WE WROCŁAWIU".
© Philipp Pietryja
The winner of the vote - Philipp Pietryja in his master's thesis proposes the reconstruction of Browar Mieszczanskie in Wroclaw, giving it new functions, adapting the building to the current needs of the city both culturally and economically. The author designed a café, a large restaurant, a hotel, conference rooms and an office area in the former brewery.
The design premise was to create a vibrant place, while not forgetting its history and industrial character. The concept of giving both a congressional and hotel function to a historically significant site will affect the attractiveness of the city, writes the winner of the Audience Award.
The projects awarded in the second edition of the "Best Interior Diploma" competition, as in the previous one, are strongly connected by a pro-social aspect. Each of the authors, in her own way, addressed the subject of architecture and interior design and their impact on users. All projects emphasize spending time together - from workshops, taking various forms of entertainment, to unconventional housing.
We would like to congratulate all the finalists and runners-up whose works we published in the past academic year in the pages of A&B magazine and portal. The winners and the winner of the second edition will receive commemorative diplomas and a subscription to A&B magazine from us.
The next edition of the Best Interior Design Diploma competition has already started - we invite all male and female students, graduates and graduates of interior design and design majors from 2021-2023 to participate. We would also like to remind you about the second competition category - Best ARCHITECTURE Diploma, which, continuously since 2012, gathers the best projects in the field of architecture!
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Thejury was attended by A&B editors Małgorzata Tomczak (editor-in-chief),
Ola Kloc, Marta Kulawik, Katarzyna Mikulska, Wiktor Bochenek, Jakub Głaz and Kacper Kępiński.
The secretary of the competition was Dobrawa Bies