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Sink or soar, or a summary of the year 2022 in architecture (part XI)

17 of January '23

The end of December — because that's when we finished preparing the January issue — is the best time for all kinds of summaries. And like every year, we ask practitioners and architecture critics to write what they consider a success and what they consider a failure in a given year. We do it in the convention of Sink or Soar. We give our Authors total freedom of expression and do not moderate this discussion. Rather, we are very curious about it.

Previous episodes of the series featured:

Jakub Szczęsny in Sink or Soar 2022 from A&B 01|2023 issue


Reden apartments designed by Franta Group: I appreciate them for their lightness, unconventional projection solution and the role of verandas evoking Asian, Australian and American architecture.

Aleksandra Wasilkowska's new marketplace in Blonie, for its ludic exuberance hiding.... noble simplicity and for Aleksandra's consistency in pursuing her interests, as she designed her first market as a graduation project at WAPW/Rennes.


The increasingly inferior quality of development apartment designs in Polish suburbs, with a micro-apartment the size of a rat cage in Koszalin and an apartment on the plan of an elephant with a kitchen located in an endless corridor-trumpet. Vade retro satanas!

Note: my assessment is based solely on looking at graphic materials, photos and reading project descriptions on the Internet and could change under the influence of a physical visit to the project!

Jakub Szczęsny

architect, SZCZ studio

The vote has already been cast

Interior trends 2023
Interior trends 2023
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