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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Sluzewski Culture Centre in Warsaw, Poland by 307kilo Architects

 
March 27th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: 307kilo Architects 

The final form of the Cultural Centre design was determined by two elements: the first, the situation and an urban context of the object, the second, its function defined by the programme. The existing, original cultural centre was also a source of inspiration, together with the adjacent ecological, educational farm and a survived country house at 7 Tarniny Street. The whole programme consists of two, interconnected buildings, however, each of them can function separately. The basic part of the project and the main entrance into the building are placed on -1 level, which is accessed by amphitheatrical staircase from the entrance square. This submerged basin functions as a stage during theatrical, open-air performances. Its warm, wooden flooring looks inviting as a place for playing and relaxing between various activities. At the same time it can be easily disassembled for the maintenance of rain collector passing beneath.

Building in context, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Building in context, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

  • Architects: 307kilo ArchitectsWWAA design
  • Project: Sluzewski Culture Centre
  • Location: Warsaw, 15 Bacha Street, Poland
  • Photography: Rafał Kłos, Juliusz Sokołowski
  • Team: Marcin Mostafa, Natalia Paszkowska, Jan Sukiennik, Maciej Kleszczewski, Wojciech Piwowarczyk, Anna Zawadzka
  • Cleint: The Warsaw Municipal Goverment Office
  • Prizes: I Architecture Prize 2013 POLITYKA Weekly; Nominated for 2015 European Architecture Prize Mies van der Rohe
  • Cooperation: Michał Nocuń BURO HAPPOLD
  • Size: 2400 sqm
  • Design: 2008
  • Construction: 2013

Amphiteatre and energy turbine, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Amphiteatre and energy turbine, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

By adapting a traditional form of a farmstead, the design is not only deeply set in the tradition and culture of the place, it also shows respect for the borders of urban and functional zones and in a way employs a sort of convention of children痴 iconography. Due to placing the main function of the building on -1 level (below the ground), the groundfloor level has been treated as an open, public space where relativelly small, traditional in form and material houses are constructed. Each of them can be accessed from the area level, and each of them serves one function, e.g., an art workshop or a literature club. Fully glazed walls of the building overlooking the park on one side, Bach Street on the other, allow the strollers walking around the Cultural Centre to have a glimpse of activities taking place inside, not missing the view of the greenery of the Służew Brook area. Such layout of the building allowed for maximum connection of its interior with the surrounding. As it were, the premises of the Centre become public space of the city, the activities of the Centre reach beyond its borders.

Amphiteatre, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Amphiteatre, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Accordingly, the architecture of the object is restrained and friendly; by using possibly contemporary means  it tries to interconnect the traditional elements of urban layout with simple, natural finishing materials. An unpretentious building, submerged in the greenery, is supposed to be the background for events happening there. The present design bases on assumption that the architecture of an object fulfilling this sort of functions plays an immensely important educational and cultural role, e.g., by shaping esthetic and ecological awareness. Hence, the decision about introducing mini animal farm into the very heart of the Centre, the proposal of employing wind and solar energy as alternative sources and finally the layout of the object on the farmstead plan which can be read as an ethical approach to architecture with respect for the context of the place.

Sluzewski Culture Center buildings, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Sluzewski Culture Center buildings, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Sluzewski Culture Center buildings front elevation, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Sluzewski Culture Center buildings front elevation, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Climbing wall on Sluzewski Culture Center, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Climbing wall on Sluzewski Culture Center, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Garden in Sluzewski Culture Center complex, Image Courtesy © Juliusz Sokołowski

Garden in Sluzewski Culture Center complex, Image Courtesy © Juliusz Sokołowski

Reading room, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Reading room, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Dancing room, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Dancing room, Image Courtesy © Rafał Kłos

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

Image Courtesy © 307kilo Architects

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