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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.

Centre of Administration in Wielka Wies, Poland by OVO Grabczewscy Architekci

 
September 29th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: OVO Grabczewscy Architekci 

The idea behind the project was the creation of the Centre of Administration as the complex of buildings that are a symbolic gateway to Wielka Wies village. Moreover we wanted to create the first public space in the whole village – a space designed for residents, visitors, tourists, adults and children.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

  • Architects: OVO Grąbczewscy Architects (Barbara Grąbczewska, Oskar Grąbczewski)
  • Project: Centre of Administration
  • Location: Community Square 1, 32-085 Szyce, Wielka Wies, Malopolska District, Poland
  • Photography: Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio
  • Investor: Community of Wielka Wies
  • Project team: Agnieszka Krzysztonek, Magdalena Kaiser
  • General contractor: Skanska SA OBO / Krakow
  • Surface land: 16 076 m2
  • The total area of ​​buildings: 4 172 m2
  • Volume: 16 630 m3
  • First prize in the competition: 2010
  • Design & project supervision: 2010 – 2016
  • Construction: 2012 – 2016

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Centre of Administration in Wielka Wieś is the seat of the Mayor and the Municipal Council, the registry office, the library, the Municipal Department of Infrastructure and in the commercial part there is a bank, a pharmacy, a restaurant, pastry shop, flower shop and offices for rent.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

The project was selected in a nationwide open competition. We proposed rhythmical composition consisting of the enclosed volumes and glazed or completely open spaces – halls and green spaces. All components are parallel to the ridge system of existing buildings in the neighborhood, they refer also to the shape of fields adjacent to the Centre area.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Diagonal formation of the entrance façade opens designed complex in the direction of the national road Cracow Olkusz 94 while respecting the historic buildings parallel to the road and preserving the existing trees, which are an important element of urban composition.

The resulting large entrance plaza is called Community Square.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

It is to be a place of celebrations, events and daily recreation, and provide appropriate foreground for the buildings.

The triangular towers inspired by the emblem of the municipality, a fountain and street furniture are additional landscaping elements that make the square complete.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

We proposed the square as a platform covered with a cobblestones, leaving a small green fields around the preserved old trees. Entrances to the building are highlighted by bands  of black stones.

There are intimate courtyards created by the wings of stone buildings and entrance halls. Lit from the south, there are gardens full of greenery: shrubs, grasses, flowers. They will be a place of rest and tranquility for both the visitor center, as well as to employees and members of the Office and service building.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Covered porches provide a smooth transition from the outside to the inside, you can shelter under them from rain, snow or excessive sun.

Modern, simple design of the Centre is a clear spatial sign distinguishing its function and meaning, and the materials used – characteristic Jurrasic stone – crushed limestone and wood allow for a visual analogy to the historic ramparts, towers, castles – structures constituting the dominant or significant spatial accents in this area.

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

Image Courtesy © Tomasz Zakrzewski / archifolio

We decided on the selection of broken limestone facades of two reasons – first, in relation both to the surrounding, historic buildings and limestone rock formations so typical in this area, named Jura (because it was formed in Jurassic period), and secondly because of its excellent aesthetic qualities and performance (durability, natural self-cleaning) .

The stone facades are pierced by window openings of the same height, single or double width depending on the size and functional demands of the rooms. The construction of the windows, as well as glass porticoes is made from bleached timber.

Image Courtesy © OVO Grabczewscy Architekci

Image Courtesy © OVO Grabczewscy Architekci

Image Courtesy © OVO Grabczewscy Architekci

Image Courtesy © OVO Grabczewscy Architekci

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