basel-based studio architecture club has designed a workshop for polish artist monika sosnowska in warsaw, which comprises a concrete and glass studio and a wooden storage shed. reaching five and a half meters in height, the building outlines the maximum volume allowed on the site to provide the artist with a generous space bathed in light for unhindered experimentation.build images by Helen Binet
model images by the architecture club
architecture club has designed two complementary volumes for monika sosnowska workshop: a spacious concrete and glass studio and a wooden shed. the studio’s concrete frame spans over 12 metres, capturing northern and southern light through fully glazed facades. the rough texture of the concrete, cast against wooden planks, echoes the wooden sheds once characteristic of this district of warsaw, while its tangible presence creates the perfect backdrop for the sculptures.
wishing to juxtapose the heavy materiality of the concrete frame with the more slender steel structure of the glazing, karolina slawecka and pawel krzeminski, founders of the architecture club, designed bespoke facades for the workshop, which were eventually welded on site by the same craftsmen the artist works with on his pieces. the translucent glass of the street façade, the ceiling slab, spanning across 12m, is supported by three steel i-beams, which accommodate the lighting system and serve as a substructure for an art crane.
all features and details inside are bespoke, including a freestanding solid oak modular cabinet that folds out into a small toilet, kitchen and art storage, complemented by a six meter high oak table long. all systems including geothermal heating and cooling, ventilation, alarm, etc. are integrated seamlessly, making this minimal space an efficient machine for providing the optimal artistic conditions. the exterior storage, complementing the workshop, is a single timber shed attached to the existing garage creating an intimate garden path between the two new volumes.
Last name: monika sosnowska workshop
architect: architecture club / karolina slawecka, pawel krzeminski
site: Warsaw, Poland
program: artist’s studio / workshop incl. kitchen, toilet, outdoor storage
plot area: 560 m2 | area / volume 150 m2 / 750 m3
footprint: 12 x 12 meters
technical systems: transsolar energietechnik / matthias schuler, kristyna dvorakova, peter zatko
structural engineer: Daniel Przybylek
acoustic advisor: transsolar energy technology /matthias schuler
front consultant: studio profile / tomasz karwatka
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January 30, 2020