Renovation • 11-12 MAY
Kredytowa Project by Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła
11-12 May 2022
IE Tower: P.º de la Castellana, 259E (Torre Caleido) 28046 Madrid
In the heart of Warsaw, a historical 19th-century building was left poorly reconstructed after World War II. The seven-storey structure had been reduced to four storeys, with many of the monumental decorations of the building destroyed. The building remained in a pseudo-modern condition, until the young Polish designers Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutula were assigned to revamp the building.
The design duo managed to preserve and enhance the raw, industrial atmosphere of the interior. By dividing the spaces into working and living areas, they reinterpreted it in a warmer and cosier variation, making the interior reflect its history as a tenement house.
Throughout the interior a monochromatic colour scheme is used. Different shades of grey create a neutral background – bearing in mind the area could function as a gallery or exhibition space. Contrasting the smooth plastered walls, cubical elements have been added in the corner of the conference room. The birch plywood panels have been digitally designed and produced, and therefore complement the atmosphere rather than contrast it. The triangular cut panels reappear throughout the interior, creating harmony and balance for both spaces. By reviving the 216-sq-m building, Kurkowski and Sutula mend the broken essence of the centuries-old architecture right back together.
Photos courtesy of Paulina Sasinowska, Maciej Kurkowski and Maciej Sutuła.
The ambitions of The Next Space
Introducing Design Thinking
Our lead facilitator pictures the two-day journey
Talk 1 - Jenny Lee
Why homes should be designed with people to make them sanctuaries for people
Miguel Oliveira (pCon)
Think, visualize, order
How software can support interior designers and architects to make the most of their creative design process by saving time to specify furnishings
Talk 2 - 13:00
How tech can make residences more responsive to changing needs and circumstances
Gudy Herder (Eclectic Trends)
Leave No Trace
A hands-on introduction to material trends: how to make spaces tactile, inhabitable and future-proof?
Lunch at IE Tower
WOW concept Madrid
Roca Gallery Madrid
Talk 3 - Cara Eckholm: (Nabr)
Can the process of customizing, financing and purchasing a home be similar to buying a car – including post-purchase upgrades through an app?
Talk 4 - Lekshmy Parameswaran and László Herczeg
How our homes can empower us to connect, self-organise and care for each other as we live, work and age
Cocktail and day closing at Roca Gallery
Talk 5 - Beatriz Jacoste
How a revolution in food production will transform the way we design habitats
Talk 6 - Mireia Luzárraga and Alejandro Muiño
Why spatial fluidity and ambiguity can make houses future-ready