The Communal School Complex in Kazimierz Dolny

    Honourable mention at the competition for an architectural concept of the Communal School Complex in Kazimierz Dolny – May 2012

    Authors: Marek Kozień, Ph.D. Arch., Magdalena Kozień-Woźniak, Ph.D. Arch., Katarzyna Kozień-Kornecka, M.Sc. Arch.

    Cooperation: Michał Rączka, Magdalena Habrat-Rączka, Joanna Filipek, Małgorzata Szewczyk, Ewelina Krok, Jakub Kornecki, Beata Tokarska

    Orderer: The Commune of Kazimierz Dolny

    Plot area: 2.158 ha Development area: 326 m2 (the existing part) 5 499 m2 (the part under design)

    Architecture is the building material of a city – a spatial structure which persists in time. An interaction occurs between the perceptible matter of a city and its society. Social changes imply urban changes, whereas urban changes cause social changes. The architecture of education and sport may act as a tool for building the community spirit but it also supports historical and cultural values. In this manner, new objects participate in the creation of the identity of city.

    The following design assumptions were adopted:

    - to look for a division of architectural forms referring to the scale of local architecture and respecting the features of local urban landscape

    • to create private and diverse forms in the city
    • to compose spaces which clearly define important urban interiors
    • to adjust the urban layout under design to the ecological sequence crossing the school area
    • to incorporate open green areas into the influential range of the school objects
    • to separate the school space from public areas functionally
    • to combine the objects with open landscape interiors spatially and functionally
    • to activate the roof surfaces
    • to search for material and colour solutions in relation to the local tradition