Krakowskie Przedmieście 20-22/10
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Simone De Iacobis
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Website design by NOVIKI, developed by Michał Szota
CENTRALA (Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis) is a Warsaw-based architecture and research studio that works with reinterpretations and spatial interventions aimed at renewing the language of architecture. In their architecture research practice, they observe the relations between architecture and natural phenomena. They conceive architecture as a process rather than a static form, and consider gravity, water circulation, and atmospheric and astronomical events as its building materials. In architecture that combines an intimate, human scale with the scale of the planet, they see a tool that can help us tune in to the rhythm of the surrounding world.
Interested in memory and materiality of architecture, CENTRALA stimulates public debate on the protection of the post-war architectural heritage. Learning from the legacy of Warsaw designers (such as Zofia and Oskar Hansen, Viola and Jacek Damięcki, or Alina Scholz), they restore forgotten architectural expertise: the grammar of the 1950s and 1960s Polish exhibition designs, the shared vocabulary of post-war modernism, or the use of hydrobotany in architecture.
Their work has been recently presented in solo exhibitions: Amplifying Nature in the Polish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, and The Pavilion of Reverberations at the 2020 Festival Internacional de Arquitectura y Diseño de Logroño. They have collaborated as exhibition designers with numerous European museums and gallery spaces, including the Polish pavilion at the 2016 Triennale di Milano. In 2021, CENTRALA and Alicja Bielawska will represent Poland at the London Design Biennale.
The studio was originally founded by Krzysztof Banaszewski, Małgorzata Kuciewicz, Jan Strumiłło and Jakub Szczęsny, who currently run their own architectural practices (the full story of the origins of the studio can be found here). The website summarizes the last decade of CENTRALA’s architecture and research practice led by Kuciewicz and De Iacobis.
Krzysztof Banaszewski, Sarmen Beglarian & Sylwia Szymaniak, Tomasz Bersz, Alicja Bielawska, BUDCUD, Natalia Budnik, Piotr Chuchla, Anna Czaban, Maria Dondajewska, Jan Domicz, Grzegorz Gądek, Tomasz Fudala, Jakub Jezierski, Aleksandra Kędziorek, Aleksandra Litorowicz, Milk Train, Michał Matejko, Post Noviki, Agnieszka Pindera, Kacper Pobłocki, Anna Ptak, Studio Monnik, Kuba Snopek, Krzysztof Syruć, Bogna Świątkowska, Michał Szota, Jakub Szczęsny, Iza Tarasewicz, Rene Wawrzkiewicz, Joanna Waśko, Aleksandra Zawistowska, Piotr Zbierajewski