Who We Are

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CENTRALA is an architecture studio that, since 2001,has been dedicated to stimulating reflection on urban space. Alongside urban and industrial design projects, exhibitions and education as well as engaging in urban activism, they have yielded to their curiosity concerning residential experiments. CENTRALA investigates and is inspired by bold ideas of 20th century. Their ephemeral projects are created at the intersection of architecture and art, and with the desire to curate public imagination, send out reality revising impulses.
They hold various awards and distinctions from architectural and urban planning competitions. Their most recent projects include the design of the Polish Exhibition of The XXI International Exhibition at the Triennale di Milano, 2016. They have also participated in the exhibitions at the 15th Architectural Biennale in Venice, Barcelona, Vienna, Belgrade and Porto, among others. 
CENTRALA also has a rich educational and publishing history that is invested in creating awareness and discussion around the preservation and understanding of modernist spaces through educational practices and community outreach. Through publishing and regular community workshops and discussions they work to foster conversation, mobilize action and promote reflection about the nature and use of urban space.

CENTRALA (Simone De Iacobis oraz Małgorzta Kuciewicz) tworzą projekty architektoniczne, artystyczne i badawcze w oparciu o rekonstrukcję śmiałych idei z XX w. Wiele inicjatyw CENTRALI to udana próba wywołania dyskusji społecznej na temat ochrony i rewitalizacji dziedzictwa awangardy modernistycznej. Akcje i publikacje CENTRALI służą pobudzeniu refleksji nad przestrzenią miast oraz wzmacniają wizerunek Warszawy jako miasta anegdoty i eksperymentu. Dzięki współpracy z instytucjami kultury oraz zaangażowaniu w działania edukacyjne inicjatywy CENTRALI wpływają na to, jak miasto jest rozumiane i używane oraz w jakim kierunku podążają decyzje dotyczące jego przekształceń. CENTRALA otrzymała nagrody i wyróżnienia w wielu konkursach. Do najnowszych sukcesów należy wygrana w międzynarodowym konkursie na ideowy projekt rewitalizacji terenów sportowych Warszawianki. Twórcy Centrali uczestniczyli w XIV Biennale Architektury w Wenecji i zaprojektowali ostatnią ekspozycję polską na Triennale w Mediolanie.

CENTRALA TEAM 2016: Małgorzata Kuciewicz, Simone De Iacobis, Jakub Szczęsny, Krzysztof Syruć, Patrycja Dyląg, Natalia Kowalska, Emma Lucek.


We were asked: “Which side are you on : the pessimism of the mind or in the optimism of the will?” This brilliant quote from Gramsci triggered a vortex of thoughts, a self criticism epiphany. We definitely stick to the original Italian sentence: “Siamo pessimisti con l'intelligenza ma ottimisti per volontà”

 

/ Simone De Iacobis

studied architecture in Rome, attended the two years program of a basic and advanced course of photography and afterwards participated in several exhibitions including the “Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma”. Practiced at “Urhahn Urban Design”, Amsterdam; “STAR, strategies + architecture”, Rotterdam; collaborated with “studiometrico”, Milan. Simone achieved prizes both in architectural and photographic competitions. Former fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude and Khoj International Artists' Association

 

/Małgorzata Kuciewicz

studied in Warsaw, Montpellier and Tampere, experienced MC Berlage Institute-Amsterdam and several EASA workshops. She has been writing on architecture, researching perception of space, developing her unique ideas of interior design. Guest tutor in several workshops. In frame of the Warsaw Critical Tourism Project she tells tourists all about hidden urban history on her themed tours of the city. Former fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude and and Khoj International Artists' Association.

accomplishments

2016 Winning proposal for the Regeneration of Warszawianka - Sports Complex and Park in Warsaw's Mokotow District, Poland.

2016 Lecture at TUDelft “The Roles of the Architect” 

2016 Residency at Khoj International Artists' Association, New Delhi

2016 Design of the Polish Exhibition of The XXI International Exhibition at the Triennale di Milano

2016 Lecture at Ecole Nationale Suprerieure D’architecture de Nancy “Self-Initiated Architecture”

2015 Residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude 

2015 Residency in POLIN Museum, The Cut. A Socio-Spatial Incursion into Warsaw’s Anthropogenic Stratum

2015 Design of the Oskar Hansen: OPEN FORM, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto 

2013 Centrala was selected by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw as the architect on the Hansen’s House Survey Project.

2012 Distinction for the proposal of National and University Library NUK II, Ljublijana, Slovenia. 

2010 Equal rank distinction in competition for Architectural design of Concert Hall and architectural development of the real estate Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra 

2008 II prize in competition for the concept of the surrounding of the National Stadium in Warsaw 

2008 II prize in competition for the concept of the Main Railway Station of Wrocław 


Other accomplishments:

Prize won in the competition for the concept of Warsaw's Foksal quarter development

II prize in competition for Warsaw's Konstytucji square architectural and spatial development concept

Distinction in the concept for spatial development of the paleonthological excavations area in Krasiejów

Distinction in the competition for the Cultural Centre in Grodzisk Mazowiecki

 
Małgorzata Kuciewicz

Studiowała architekturę w Warszawie, Montpellier i Tampere, doświadczenie zdobywała w Berlage Institute w Amsterdamie i na warsztatach EASA. Laureatka nagród i wyróżnień w konkursach architektonicznych, autorka i współautorka indywidualnie zaprojektowanych wnętrz, obiektów architektonicznych, wystaw, a także projektów służących pobudzeniu refleksji nad przestrzenią miast. Zajmuje się badaniem, popularyzacją, a także działaniem na rzecz zachowania i rewitalizacji wartościowego dziedzictwa architektury i urbanistyki. Pracuje nad projektem Warsaw Critical Tourism ukazującym wyjątkowość Warszawy jako przypadku urbanistycznego. Była rezydentka Akademie Schloss Solitude.


Krzysztof Banaszewski

https://www.bdma.com.pl

Jakub Szczęsny

http://www.szcz.com.pl

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