Polish Architecture XXL 2023 plebiscite: here are the best projects!

The sixteenth edition of the Polish Architecture XXL plebiscite is behind us. A professional jury and the public chose their favourites from a pool of more than 70 projects submitted in three categories: volume, interiors and landscape. The Grand Prix 2023 award went to the intimate funeral space Kolumbarium in Radom, designed by the BDR Architekci studio.

The Polska Architektura XXL plebiscite is the most comprehensive overview of the activities of Polish architecture. This is evidenced by the number of selected projects and the professional jury evaluating the achievements of design studios. In each of the competition categories: volume, interior and landscape, a group of architects and designers, as well as the recipients, observers and users of the created objects, awarded their prizes. In the Grand Prix category, only the jury voted. Almost 2,000 votes were cast for 75 architectural projects in this year’s edition of the plebiscite.

The jury evaluating the projects included:

Marcin Mikos (INDO Architekci)
Bogusław Barnaś (BXB studio)
Karol Pasternak (NOKE Architects)
Aleksandra Hyz (Hyz Projektuje)
Jakub Botwina (ACANTHUS Studio of Landscape Architecture)
Michał Józefczak (Planea)
Agnieszka Kalinowska-Sołtys (President of SARP)
Sławomir Gzell (President of KaeU PAN)
Przemysław Olczyk (Mobius Architekci)
Magdalena Wałek (Editor-in-chief of the Sztuka Architektury Group)

The results of the jury’s vote in the Poland Architecture XXL 2023 plebiscite

In the ‘Cubature’ category , among public buildings, the jury decided to award their prize to the Columbarium in Radom, which was designed by the BDR Architekci studio. The experts appreciated the project’s very interesting idea, economy of form, detail and consistency in execution. It should be recalled that in the “Cubature” category, among public buildings, internauts gave the highest marks to the Torus Science Park in Ciechanów, designed by the ebing & partners studio.

Among private cubature objects, the jurors appreciated the Multi-building House near Poznań, designed by the PL.architekci studio. As they justify, it is a beautiful and extremely harmoniously composed building form, which harmonises with both function and the surrounding nature.

In turn, the winner of the online vote was the White House in Gdańsk, designed by the SuDe studio.

Among the public interiors, the jury gave the highest marks to the Grand Hotel Łódź, designed by Likus Hotels and Restaurants. As the experts justify, this is one of the best examples in Poland of how historical buildings should be approached and how to harmoniously combine heritage with modern design. In the same category, the New Horizon Library in Kraśnik by the GK-Atelier studio received the most votes from the public.

The private interior that most appealed to the jury was Zosia’s House in Gdańsk, by the IFA group studio. The award was given for amazing virtuosity in the choice of colours and materials and an original and boldly treated ceiling. The judges emphasised the surprising selection of works of art, which were incorporated into the interior in an unobvious but apt manner. Internet users, on the other hand, most liked the micro-apartments for rent in a tenement house in Krakow, designed by Q B.Architekci.

In the category of best public spaces, the jury decided to distinguish the metamorphosis of the Olga “Kora” Sipowicz railway station square in Opole, designed by the SN Architekci studio. The distinction was awarded for an interesting, iconic form that harmoniously combines greenery, recreational and urban space. The stylistic consistency of this space is noteworthy. In the opinion of Internet users, the revitalisation of the Lubianka Res ervoir in Starachowice, by the FORMAT Architectural Studio, deserved an award in this category.

Among private gardens, the jury appreciated the Forest Garden near Warsaw designed by the out.FORM studio. The prize was awarded for its harmonious, well-thought-out composition, high aesthetic value and integration of the house’s architecture with the surrounding landscape. In turn, the public gave the highest marks to the perennial garden in Mrągowo, designed by Marta Nicewicz.

In the Poland Architecture XXL 2023 plebiscite, the jury also awarded the Grand Prix. For a work with an excellent spatial composition, surprising with its urban and landscape harmony, as well as excellent detailing, integration with small architecture objects and greenery and well-chosen textures and colours, this prestigious title was awarded to the Columbarium Complex in Radom, the work of the DBR Architekci studio.

The Polska Architektura XXL plebiscite is organised by the Sztuka Architektury Group – a group of thematic vortals dedicated to architecture. This includes the vortals sztuka-architektury.pl, sztuka-wnetrza.pl, sztuka-krajonbrazu.pl, the e-magazine ‘Krytyka Architektury’ and a specialist online bookstore for architects www.ksa24.pl.

Organised by: Sztuka Architektury Group

Honorary Patrons: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; Committee of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences, NIAiU, SARP, SAW, TUP, PLGBC, DAFA

Media Patrons: Rzeczpospolita, rp.pl, WhiteMAD, Nowy Magazyn, Czas na wnętrze, MAGAZIF, Izolacje, Przegląd budowlany, Poinf of Design, terazdom.pl, Informator Teraz Dom, example.pl, archiweb.pl, oknonet.pl, budowa.org, budownictwo.org, nieruchomosci.biz

source: press materials of the organiser

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