07 July 2018


“The objective reality doesn’t exist” K. Malewicz

Competition project  - topic: Art Pavilion, Warsaw, Poland
Collaboration with Alina Maria Celichowska and Aleksandra Kamyszek

Challenge: Defilad Square is a square in the center of the Polish capital city, near the largest subway station in Poland, in front of the huge shopping mall “Złote Tarasy” and the largest building in the country - Palace of Culture and Science. However, standing in the middle you have the impression that this place is completely irrelevant. Visitor sees a few small green squares, parking for private buses - nothing worth taking part in creating this type of surface. And there appears the challenge: to transform this area into art and for art.

Defilad Square is a space that clearly interacts with the controversial building of the Palace of Culture and Sci­ence in Warsaw. A place where the theory of Kazimierz Malewicz is fulfilled: „Objective reality does not exist”.
Black - form within its borders, white - infinity.
White, free space and black limiting figures.
These colors, drawn from the work of suprematist Male­wicz, used to develop the terrain, lead the viewer through the infinite whiteness of the cosmos, where everything is open, possible and perfect, to a cuboid enclosed in an ideal spherical shape on the black background of the pavilion showing the distorted, hyperrealist reflection of the Palace Culture and Science. The Italian mirror-like LA GROTTE (grotto) and the Venetian mirror, on which it is placed, show the surrounding reality, completely dif­ferent, GROTESQUE.
The sphere is embedded in a spatial composition that defines space with a form that after Katarzyna Kobro passes from one side to the other, resembling the form of a cube - one of regular and magical figures, giving up the limits of space such as edges and vertices, so perma­nent in the building in the background . This composition uses the ideal divisions resulting from the Fibonacci sequence, which makes it all the more harmonious.
Coming closer to the pavilion the observer notices that it is not covered with a black mirror, only to show a more real, eye-catching image of the Palace of Culture, only to encourage visitors to perform popular „selfie”, but in the right position leads to interaction an observer with art that emerges with each step, roaming through the roof of a dark, simple form of the pavilion. This is due to the translucent Venetian mirror, which at the right angle transmits the image like a glass. Art begins to be alive, it begins to cooperate with the reflection.

"The interrelation of design-thinking and rational thinking processes are complementary, demonstrating that value management should not be seen as overshadowing the ideation, creative and design processes but as a framework to support them. The tools and techniques from business and management disciplines, including Value Management should be seen as complementing disciplinary competency and not the other way around. The author advocates for the inclusion of VM in the curricula for architectural education."
Guillermo Aranda-Mena
Value Management in Architectural Education: Case Projects on Repurposing Heritage Sites, AUBEA Conference, Melbourne 2017

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