The chapel was created as a votive offering for the construction of the motorway bypass. We tried to transpose the traditional model of the sacred into contemporary forms and meanings, keeping the interesting interaction with the motorway. We outlined arbitrary space limits using the EPCH 420 energy-absorbing barriers that form five offset rings around the sacred centre. Most of the elements used in the construction had been recycled. The site is completely open and accessible. Perhaps the roadside chapel with an intriguing geometry, seemingly abandoned amongst flowery meadows, will prompt somebody to meditate on the transience of life?
At the edge of a village there was a partially converted barn. We studied with fascination the unplanned morphology of the many outbuildings building a new, post-war identity. We decided to follow this lead and explore the subsequent layers and shapes. What emerged in the end was a polypore functioning in symbiosis with the semi-wild landscape. The colour of the natural shingle, which patinates rather quickly, blended with the weathered clinker brick to create a new relationship. In this way, we attempted to overwrite the typology of the charming Lower Silesian countryside.
The building fills in the quarter bounded by Drobnera and Śrutowa Streets, directly adjacent to a 19th century tenement house with rich eclectic decor. This part of the city centre is heavily invested, has a clear urban structure with defined quarters of streets and squares. Centreville complements the historical frontage of Drobnera Street, crucial for the Nadodrze district. As in the case of the neighboring building, the corner of Drobnera and Śrutowa Streets is accented with a flanking accent. Two last storeys have been withdrawn and free space has been assigned for residents’ view terraces.
On the most exposed elevations, solid brick was used, a material with both functional (resistance to urban conditions and passage of time) and decorative qualities, characteristic for this part of the city. The elevation glitters with several shades of browns and grays. The composition is complemented by large wooden windows and aluminum bands around them. It is important for contemporary buildings to fit into the urban tissue without ostentation and pretension to dominate.