01 maja Architizer: Point of Pride: 6 Fresh Takes on Multifamily Housing in Poland
„New multifamily housing helps increase the supply of much-needed affordable units while mitigating the environmental impact of building single-family houses. Dense housing development promotes access to public transit, reduces heating costs, and limits urban sprawl. Poland is well known for this typology and the planned housing blocks that were ubiquitous during the communist era remain popular today.
Such housing developments range in size and style, from the new city and social realist paradise of Nowa Huta outside of Kraków to Jadwiga Hawrylak-Grabowska’s Brutalist “Manhattan” Estate in Wrocław, but are united by the common aim of addressing housing scarcity and affordability. The following five projects continue the tradition of housing the masses and address the need for increased urban housing in Poland without comprising on detailed design(…)
Modernist classics, especially the Bauhaus and Arne Jacobsen, have a strong impact on the work of Piotr Zybura, the architect behind several affordable housing developments in Poland. While the concrete balconies of the MOON Economy Multifamily Residential building recall the student dormitory in Dessau, Zybura elaborates on the modernist tradition with an innovative triangular design that increases natural light and spaces for balconies. As a spectacular addition to Wrocław’s housing stock, the project was honored by the city in the “Beautiful Wrocław” competition.”