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Polnisches Institut Berlin

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Manifesto of Prefrabrication

30.08 - 29.09.2018

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BBGK Architekci: The Multi-Family-Building 4 in Warsaw-Praga

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Ort: Architektur Galerie Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee 96, 10243 Berlin

Opening: 30.08.2018 / 19:00

Official welcome: Andrzej Przyłębski (Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Germany), Ulrich Müller (Architektur Galerie Berlin) and Roma Stanisławska (Budziol)

Special guest: Ivan Blasi (Mies van der Rohe Foundation,  Barcelona)

Discussion: Marcin Szczelina (curator) with Jan Belina Brzozowski, Konrad Grabowieci and Wojciech Kotecki

Sprzeczna 4 is a prototype, demonstration building whose aim was to disenchant prefabrication – technology discredited in Poland in the era of communism through estates formed by large panel blocks of flats. Multi-family building was built deliberately on the plot seemingly not matching the stereotypical prefabrication: in small, irregular, compact 19th century frontage development. Consciously, at times unreasonably, all the available prefabrication technologies were applied: exposed coloured concrete, impression and reliefs, electrical installations integrated with the walls, heating ceilings and many more.

Erected from elements produced in a factory, this building wasn't built with the hands of workers on a construction site. The building, made of large-size elements, does not have the finish, accessories or decorations. It is a sincere story about what a building is, what it is made of and how it works. Each element of it is an integral part of a logical story. The building became a pretext for touching upon several important issues that are present in contemporary, Polish housing construction.

Sprzeczna 4 is a polemic with half-feudal system of erecting buildings, based on the work of underpaid immigrants and the way of development taken almost from the 19th century. Sprzeczna 4 is a proposal to introduce in our country the principles of fair business and social responsibility, using for it the method of prefabrication, so popular in Western Europe and in Scandinavia. Paradoxically, this small, untypical and advanced building is also a herald of cheap and generally-available construction, possible thanks to industrialisation and prefabrication. Sprzeczna 4 is a "total" prefabrication; apart from the slurry wall of the garage and the base plate, almost everything was prefabricated.

Curator: Marcin Szczelina (critic and curator of architecture)
Graphic design and exhibition project: Malwina Borowiec

Architektur Galerie in Berlin is one of the most interesting, private architecture galleries in the world. It will be the first, individual exhibition of Polish architects in this gallery. The gallery was established by an architect Ulrich Mueller in 1999 and is located in the very centre of Berlin in the historic building at legendary Karl-Marx-Allee. Every exhibition is specially produced for the gallery. An important element of exhibitions are noted critics and invited guests, who hold a discussion with audience and architects. 
BBGK Architekci was established by architects Jan Brzozowski, Konrad Grabowiecki and Wojciech Kotecki. The studio with extensive experience in the field of historic buildings, public buildings, residential buildings and urban design. They successfully win awards in architectural competition. They design individual architecture strongly related to the existing context, as evidenced by the Katyn Museum put into use in 2015, was awarded in many competitions and plebiscites, selected as finalists for the 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. BBGK Architects work addresses the changing role of the future of cities. The studio is based in Warsaw and is comprised of over 40 architects.


Organizer: Architektur Galerie Berlin, partners: Budizol, Geze and Polish Institute in Berlin


Foto © Juliusz Sokolowski