1st prize in closed competition.
Honorable mention in SARP's annual contest for the best building SARP Warszawa
The complex of two multi-family buildings is located on Kosciuszki street in the center of Krakow. The complex consists of two buildings - from Kosciuszki street side there is a complementary frontage, while from the side of the river embankments there is a lower building with a more intimate character. In both buildings with a total usable area of 5,300 m2, 67 apartments and 3 commercial premises were located. There are 84 parking spaces in underground garages. The space between the buildings has been developed as a green area intersected with fragments of paved surfaces and routes of pedestrian communication. In the western part of the plot there is a lime tree which is a natural monument near which a playground and recreational space have been located.
The building located in the rear side of the plot, near the Vistula riverbed, is finished mostly with natural sandstone while inter-story belts and the edges of balconies and terraces are finished in plasterwork in a light color emphasizing the horizontal articulation of these elements. Large, spacious windows have been designed to face the Vistula river creating a beautiful visual context for the living rooms. In addition, apartments on level +1 have gardens on the ground. From the side of the courtyard, the building is finished in sandstone and plasterwork of the same color as from the southern side.
The building located from Kosciuszki Street side consists of three segments. Segments BI and BII fill the frontage of Kościuszki Street. From the street side, the building is finished entirely with natural sandstone with a special emphasis made on cornices and inter-lateral divisions, which underlines the tectonics of the building and refers to the neighboring historical buildings. From the side of the courtyard the ground floor of the building is finished in natural sandstone also used in interspace belts. The rest of the building is finished plasterwork in the same color as in building A.
Due to local conditions, parts of the B building have been set back in regard of the rest of the building. In such a way a large terraces have been designed on the last two stories opening on a beautiful panorama including Vistula embankments and Krakow’s old town.