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The ‘Koszyki’ Market Hall & Office Facilities

Together with its three neighbouring office buildings, the ‘Koszyki’ Market Hall consists of two functional components developed by JEMS Architekci in Warsaw. Our task was to design the interiors for all these facilities and develop the semi-public spaces between them.

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The market hall is at the heart of this concept. It was important for us to give an additional focus to its character – not as much through contrasts but breaking intuitive patterns. In this process, we made a conscious effort to reflect the context of a market hall, as defined by 19th century architecture, in a slightly different way. Our objective was to define the framework for the operating of prospective lessees. In those spaces where authentic elements, preserved from the past were missing, such as sections of floor tiling, we tried to find the right replacements with simple materials – in this case, concrete. Industrial-grade floors together with pre-fabricated elements serve as background for stall frames, made of rolled steel painted black.

We used the same approach for the office spaces. The simple message conveyed via the architectural design itself, encouraged us to apply a wide range of stylizations. The common spaces in the office buildings (entrance and lift areas, as well as corridors on successive levels) have been designed with the ‘basket’ theme in mind. The expanded metal sheets used in the hall spaces (copper-gold in colour) have been developed to resemble a wicker basket, however, in its fully contemporary character. The crude pattern of the walls has been juxtaposed with elegant materials. For one of the halls, we have designed a floor made of aluminium. The idea is that it will keep changing over time, as more and more wear and scratches become visible. For another hall, we used marble.

The passageways have been developed into spaces for which visual identification is inspired by street art. At the same time, the representative halls of the two office buildings surrounding the market hall, with their open-access design, have been conceived as potential art-exhibition venues, with Griffin ArtSpace as patron. For the common spaces of the staircases, we have proposed the artistic inputs from the Kolektyf group in Wrocław.

Taking into account the interdisciplinary character of our studio, we have also invited Oskar Zienta to work with us. His installation will be exhibited in the semi-public spaces of the squares situated between the market hall and the office buildings.

We invite you to visit the project’s page.

The roadside shrine in Bronowice

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In the past, roadside shrines were orientation points, both literally and figuratively. As places of prayer and contemplation they helped people restore a sense of spiritual balance. The cross would typically be situated at their most central point. Around it, there would usually be a fence, separating the sacrum from the profanum.

In our project of the roadside shrine in Bronowice we reversed this perspective by raising its open-work fencing above the height of the roadside cross itself.

As a very important design aspect, light was let inside the shrine through the open-work, corten-steel bars, with square-shaped cross-section.

It was also important for us that standing inside the shrine should feel like looking up trees, with their slim trunks reaching to the sky. For us, as an architecture house working on projects of different scale and complexity, it was a very important and deeply personal design experience. We hope that this place will be equally valuable for the inhabitants of Bronowice.

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The Culture and Education Centre of Ks. Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki and the Rosary Garden next to the Church of St. Hyacinth in Bytom qualified for the contest “Living Places – Simson Architecture Prize.”

On the occasion of the celebration of the firm’s centenary in 2016, Simon presents the first edition of Living Places – Simon Architecture Prize, a two-yearly European contest addressed to works completed and put into use over the past two years.
This Prize aims to recognise excellence in architecture. It distinguishes those works which strengthen the ability of adaptability of spaces to reach comfort and well-being to its residents. Architecture which turns into quality places for people’s every day lives: for working, learning, playing, … Architecture to be lived in.

You can read full description of this project on is page: St. Hyacinth in Bytom.

.KTW building starts

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The European Economic Congress 2016 was a place of presentation .KTW buildings. For our studio it is a special project.

Śląsk (Silesia) stands for conscientiousness, honesty, simplicity and humility. The idea was not to show off but to offer something thought-provoking and imaginative. These were the values that we had in mind while developing the design for the .KTW buildings.

Self-restraint, combined with a gentle push towards asymmetry, or, to put it differently, controlled loss of balance, cuboidal blocks – that’s really a tribute to the true icon of this city – Spodek.

What we want to avoid is people making every effort to look for features, in this simple and clean-cut building, that are meant to define it as the new iconic landmark in Katowice.

It is something else altogether to construct the tallest building in the region, placed at the intersection of the city’s key axes. All this contributes to a clear situation where it is hardly possible to think of this building in a way other than in terms of a dominant feature.

Przemo Łukasik, Łukasz Zagała

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Building permit for Cuprum Square office building

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