IRELAND IS GOING PASSIVE ///
After complex planning and design process we are pleased to inform that we've started construction works of the passive house EDGE HOUSE in Dalkey, Ireland. This house requires very little energy to run, all thanks to simple thermal bridge free construction methods and glorious sun.
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Second Award - Cluster, the synergy of city-making functions ///
We are pleased to inform that we have been awarded Second Prize for our work in the competition to develop the concept for urban and architectural development of the area Anders Hill in Wroclaw - the area bounded by streets of Borowska, Kamienna, Slezna and Dyrekcyjna.
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The City and the Forest at Design March 2016 in Reykjavik ///
The City and the Forest is a series of exhibitions and workshops promoting environmental protection and eco-friendly attitude. The events will be taking place throughout the year. The first
exhibition will be held at Design March festival in Reykjavik, Iceland on 10th-13th of March 2016.
The aim of the project is to draw attention to animals living in the cities, such as birds, insects and mammals. The invited designers have created the nesting boxes for animals. Their selection was based on their own experiences and express their concerns related to changes in the environment. Among presented projects is our Dziupla - modular nesting box for passerine birds.
SUN GARDEN HOUSE building site ///
We have completed works on the construction of energy-efficient home Sun Garden in Poznan. The building's energy demand for heating and ventilation is only 35kWh per m2 per year (energy efficient building). This is nearly three times less than the typical new single-family house in typical standard. Presentation cooming soon...
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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR ///
BUILDING CONFERENCE BY MURATOR: BUILDING'S QUALITY. ENERGY - CLIMATE - COMFORT ///
photo by Murator Publishing Agency
We were invited by Murator as panelists to participate in the conference "BUILDING'S QUALITY. ENERGY - CLIMATE - COMFORT". The aim of the conference was to educate and exchange of experience for the better quality of construction in future. The individual thematic blocks of the conference presented best practices for design and construction of buildings with different functions, with particular emphasis on issues of energy efficiency, indoor climate and operation. More information on the conference including video content from presentation of individual speakers under this link.
The picture shows a discussion panel on the theory and practice of energy-efficient construction. From the left: arch Rafał Pieszko (Menthol Architects), arch. Miłosz Lipiński (Lipińscy Domy), arch. Piotr Jurkiewicz (DJiO), Monika Kupska-Kupis (VELUX), prof. Elżbieta Dagny-Ryńska (WA PW).
BELFAST AND EXETER SWIFT TOWERS ARE UP ///
Swift Tower has just been installed on a roundabout near the city centre of Exeter thanks to determination from Devon Wildlife Trust, Exeter City Council and the RSPB, plus developer funding. At the same time another Swift Tower arrived in the port of Belfast, sitting on newly opened nature reserve Belfast’s Window on Wildlife (WOW). Advice and support were been provided throughout the process by Swift Conservation and Action for Swifts. The towers are the version of the Warsaw Swift Tower, with solar panels to power Swifts' calls played during the summer to attract new nesters.
We now ship Swift Towers as a ready made product, easy to assemble on site. The product is manufactured in a factory under strict supervision and most pieces are pre-fitted before going to transport. Contact us directly for more information about order, references and prices.
7m2 or seven square meters, is the title of an exhibition in Furheart Gallery, which presents seven young architects / practices from the region of Silesia. Many thanks to Furheart Gallery for the invitation. Besides our practice the exhibition is dedicated to: Dyrda Fikus Architects, NAS-DRA, musk collective design, ROBOTA, Grzegorz Layer, Katarzyna Furgalińska. The exhibition continues until May 5th. On gallery's website you can track all future lectures appointments of each participant. You're very welcome to join the discussion!
MARK MAGAZINE PUBLICATION ///
Our project for the Polish Pavilion at Milan Expo has been noticed in the new edition of the Mark Magazine. Although this is only the pin on 'notice board', but we are pleased.
DESIGN ALIVE PUBLICATION ///
Winter edition of the magazine of beautiful ideas "Design Alive" with the new energy of Supernova already on sale [Empik, Relay and Inmedio]. And in addition to the presentation of our 'Dziupla' and a few words about us under 'art of choice' section, you can read about 'the time of attack and defense, moment of start and end'. With recommendations!
Dziupla is modular nesting box for small passerine birds, designed to be installed on walls and trees in urban environments.
BOS BANK PAVILON DURING POLEKO 2014 ///
This year we had the pleasure to design a pavilion stand for the Bank of Environmental Protection during Poleko fair. The stand was designed to showcase the innovative elements of the new product: BOS ECOSYSTEM - a hybrid heating system, which consists of a boiler module, solar module, photovoltaic module and the heat pump module.
SUPERVISION 2014 AWARD FOR MENTHOL ARCHITECTS ///
Supervision is an annual competition for the portfolio, aimed at young architects with a particularly interesting achievements in the field of creative thinking, manifestos and architectural visions. We are delighted that this year SARP decided to reward our studio.
Justification of the jury: For the modern and responsible understanding of the role of the architect. For seeking new areas for architectural creativity and the ability to use the full scale spectrum in the design work.
MAKE ME! 2014 ///
Our work Dziupla was among the finalists of this year's competition makeme! The make me! contest and exhibition are one of the landmarks of the Łódź Design Festival, and one of the most important international contests aimed at young designers. This year 21 projects have been selected out of 247 applications; the selected projects will be presented at the exhibition on 09-19/10/2014.
POLISH PAVILION EXPO 2015 ///
Presentation of our submission for architectural competition for polish pavilion with associated exhibition space
and landscape plan during EXPO 2015 in Milan, The Italian Republic.
Presentation of the Tower for Swifts project on the pages of Spanish architectural magazine Arquitectura Viva.
COOL EASTER ///
SUN GARDEN POZNAN ///
We have started construction of the low energy single-family house SunGarden located in Poznan. The projected annual space heating deamnd of the house is only 25 [kWh/m2a]. This means that heating bills will be 3 times lower when compared to a typical new house and around 6 times less when compared to the average buidling stock of the same area!
project presentation coming soon
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! ///
OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN ///
Selection of photographs we have taken during this year Open House Dublin 2013 event. One of our photos has been selected as "runner up" in The Open House Dublin Photo Competition.
ACANTHUS AUREUS AWARD ///
We are pleased to announce that BOS Bank exhibition pavilion at Poleko 2013 Building Fair, was awarded the "Acanthus Aureus Award". This award has become a tradition of the International Building Fair in Poznan, Poland. The aim of the competition is to award the best architectural and graphic solutions that foster direct communication with the client and emphasize the positive image of the company.
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20+10+X Architecture Awards 14th Cycle Winners ///
Three of our projects have been shortlisted in the last 14th Cycle of 20+10+X World Architecture Community Awards: Centre Pier Galway, Pavilion Of Architecture, Z-loft. 19 projects were awarded selected by the honorary members. We are pleased to announce that among the winners of the 14th Cycle of 20+10+X World Architecture Community Awards is our project Z-loft.
Award 20+10+X is one of the most exciting competitions in the world of architecture. In each edition around 1100 works from all over the world is sent. Among all the projects about 85 is selected that are eligible to the main award - nominations. The jury are all registered users of the website World Architecture Community (over 3,500 people), who give award to 10 projects.
The main prize is awarded by the Honorary Members to 20 projects. Honorary Members are an exclusive group of invited architects, acclaimed critics, academics and theoreticians, editors of architectural magazines, curators and other experts from architectural centers and other organizations, authorities from various institutions and governmental bodies especially interested in architectural issues. They include, among others: Hani Rashid, Mario Botta, the winners of the prestigious Pritzker Prize Hans Hollein and Zvi Hecker.
HAPPY EASTER ///
ECOBUILD THE FUTURE ///
Ecobuild is the largest showcase of sustainable construction products anywhere. Featuring more speakers, attractions, conference and seminar sessions than ever before, Ecobuild was a great source of inspiration, innovation and education for the sustainable built community. We have attended the venue at London’s ExCeL from 5th to 7th March and participated in the passivhaus and sustainable by design discussion forums, where we had a chance to learn the latest developments in this area, see the most innovative products and to refresh existing and establish new contacts. One of our projects was also presented at the biodiversity pavilion.
ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME OF THE YEAR ///
Our design for passive house 'Sky Garden' has been awarded first prize and the title of Energy Efficient Home of the Year at this year's International Construction Fair BUDMA in Poznan, Poland. This competition for energy efficient design is organized by the publishing agency "Murator" and this year objective was to design "a beautiful and functional, 150m2 single-family detached house, where the energy demand for heating and ventilation is no more than 40kWh per m2 per year and construction costs are not exceeding 500K zlotych."
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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR ///
WE WISH YOU ALL WHITE & MAGICAL CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
BUILDING SWIFT TOWER ///
We have completed works on the construction and installation of the swift tower, thus the first free-standing tower for swifts in Poland is up! On Monday, Dec. 17, at 12.00 in the park at Odkryta street (Warsaw, Białołęka), a press briefing will be held related to the completion of the investment.
SWIFT TOWER TO BE BUILD IN WARSAW ///
Poland's first freestanding tower for swifts will be built in Warsaw, Bialoleka. The district, which lands are located along the Vistula River, declares war on mosquitoes. Due to water proximity and many green areas, people living in Bialoleka can not complain on the lack of small, biting insects in the summer, where in some locations it's turned into a plague. The authorities decided to invite swifts into the area - birds that feed primarily on mosquitoes and small biting flies. Planning permission has been aproved and tower is now being assembled in factory.
CITY PUBLIC TOILETS ///
A design for compact and environmentally friendly public toilets with kiosk.
PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGNER CERTIFICATION ///
We have obtained an official Passive House Designer Certificate issued by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt. It is a fact that new buildings can be designed in such a way that they consume only a small fraction of the energy used by conventional houses. Far more than 10,000 Passive Houses have been built all over Europe - buildings, whose space heating demand equals only about one tenth compared to the average building stock. The quality requirements for the Passive House standard were compiled quite some years ago and all relevant information is published and freely accessible on the internet. All this cannot, however, replace the careful designer/architect with a sound understanding of the associated technical background knowledge.
PASSIVE HOUSE TRADESPERSON CERTIFICATION ///
We have obtained an official certificate issued by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, confirming our knowledge of a passive house subject. The Passive House Institute is an independent research institute which played an especially crucial role in the development of the Passive House concept. Passive House Institute has assumed a leading position with regard to research on and development of construction concepts, building components, planning tools and quality assurance for especially energy efficient buildings.
RED DOT DESIGN AWARD - DESIGN CONCEPT 2012 ///
Our project was shortlisted in red dot design award - design concept 2012 in a public space category. Design concept award is an international professional design award for design concept, ideas and prototype.
LOFT OF THE FUTURE ///
We have been featured on page 7 of the May/June 2012 edition of the 'A10 - new European architecture magazine', where winners of the 'new vison of the loft' competiion and their works were presented. A10-new European architecture, is the only architecture magazine that highlights architecture from a European perspective.
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Our work was awarded in the international design competition for the new vision of the loft. The 3rd edition of the competition was organized by one of the world’s leading roof window manufacturers FAKRO in cooperation with the international magazine for architects A10.
This conceptual design highlights the neglected site flanking one of the most popular open public spaces in Ireland. The industrial concrete block and associated buildings for long has been enrolled into silhouette of the area but the development plan for the site has never been established as a consistent for whole. Deprived of care buildings deteriorate which makes refurbishment more difficult year after year...
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