Stas Gulkowski joins us for his first appearance on the Architect-US Portfolio Challenge with his project called Brama. The aim of his project is to create a gateway to Parade Square, which is the main square in Warsaw, Poland. The square was designed and built together with the main actor of the site – the Palace of Culture and Science, which is a functioning historical monument and the city’s icon. Since the very beginning of the nineties, there were plans for reimagining the space. However, today the square is still far from being used to its full potential and hasn’t been improved in any way. That makes the parcel being a kind of suburban area in the very middle of the city.

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The project’s goal is to make the square unified and consistent. As well as to provide a well-functioning transportation hub for the tourists and other commuters of the city. His thesis project extends from the masterplan stage into the building stage through urban furniture, by offering a complete design proposal. He aims to establish a brand-new quality, though respecting the historical monument and the underground infrastructure.

As you can see below, the train station is integrated into the square to create a sense of entering a new world once you get off the train. Stas has always been interested in designing cultural spaces in large cities since he studied at Politecnico di Milano. Now he is working at SPAN NY in New York City and he has been enjoying his work as a designer in the city of his dreams.

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Images by Stas Gulkowski

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