1st Edition

Polish Architecture in Contemporary Innovation Thoughts, Dreams and Places

By Nina Juzwa, Jakub Świerzawski Copyright 2024
    214 Pages 60 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Authored by two architects, Polish Architecture in Contemporary Innovation: Thoughts, Dreams and Places tells a story of buildings that were built in Poland between 1980 and 2020, as architecture developed in the Western world and Japan. Its main focus is public utility buildings which the authors “have touched” in situ and which have moved them or sparked their interest. The book is divided into three parts:

    • Part I focuses on the problem of creating and shaping architectural form and uses examples of both international and Polish architecture. In this section, the authors pose the question: why is the Pritzker Prize so important?
    • Part II attempts to answer the question of how architecture can change the image of a place. The answer consists of mainly Polish examples of user-friendly architecture, value, and beauty in architecture and place.
    • Part III analyses buildings that were created in contemporary Poland. Examples are listed in groups, according to their function, pointing out forms that were inspired by the culture of the region, the historical culture of the place, or those which are a new quality and are the foundation of the creation of a place.

    This book aims to demonstrate Polish architectural solutions in the context of contemporary trends in the West, traditionally seen as more technically and technologically developed countries. The floor plans and sections of the buildings presented in the book show the beauty of geometric and formal solutions and give a new and rare perspective on the latest changes in modern Polish architecture. This book will be of interest to architects as well as researchers and students of contemporary Polish architecture and culture and its place in the European and international context.

    The Polish edition of this book, published in 2021 by the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning in Warsaw, received the Vitruvius Prize 2022 by the Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.



    Nina Juzwa is an author, editor, and full professor, architect. She has written numerous books and articles on architecture, for which she has received many awards. She has worked with various offices and universities in Poland, Germany, and France. She was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology (1999–2005).

    Jakub Świerzawski is an author and PhD architect worked in Poland with local and international offices. His thesis, supervised by Prof. Nina Juzwa and Prof. Jan Salm, was awarded by the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of the Polish Republic. Since 2019, he has been Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Applied Arts at the Academy of Silesia in Poland.