The Oder, a river that runs through Opole, Poland, is a significant part of the city, and a segment that residents wish to incorporate more deeply into the surrounding architecture. The quick development of modern design technology, such as Vectorworks software, has helped this vision stay afloat during a recent Polish architectural contest, “BARGEWORK Opole,” in which the participants faced the challenge of designing the first Polish on-water office building.
Thanks to the BARGEWORK Foundation’s efforts in starting this competition, as well as the support from Vectorworks, our Polish distributor, the Opole University of Technology, and the city authorities, the barge-inspired office is slated to appear in Opole sometime in the near future. The Foundation had a desire for change in their city, so they knew that invoking inspiration in architects, and encouraging them to work with Vectorworks software, would be the best way to enable this architectural transformation.
Spectators viewing the winning BARGEWORK contest designs. Image courtesy of BARGEWORK.
The BARGEWORK challenge was open to architects and students of architecture, who had until March 28, 2017 to submit their designs online. Contestants created visual representations of their designs, then presented them to a jury and identified the harbor in which they envisioned their design to reside.
The jury consisted of Zbigniew Bomersbach, chief of Opole Architect Chamber; Magdalena Gruna, education manager for Vectorworks Poland; Krystyna Januszkiewicz, professor of architecture at West Pomeranian University; Jarosław Ptak, design manager for the WIŚNIOWSKI Company; Marcin Wojciechowski, creative director at Aveex Innovative Marketing Group and president of the BARGEWORK Foundation; and Szymon Wojciechowski, architect at APA Wojciechowski Architects.
This jury of six assessed the originality of each facility design, the possibility of realizing such a facility, and the economics of the solutions applied to it.
The winning team, young architects Maria Chorny and Oleksandr Kostevych, received PLN 10,000 as well as a full license of Vectorworks, worth over PLN 20,000. Their design is meant not only for the office workers, but visitors of neighboring places to enjoy as well. The organization additionally gave four distinguished participants PLN 2,500 for their stunning designs. Vectorworks also awarded one designer, Anna Malinowka, an Oculus VR kit, because she had the most visionary design from an architectural point of view.
The winning design, by Maria Chorny and Oleksandr Kostevych. Image courtesy of BARGEWORK.
Design Express, the Polish distributor for Vectorworks, was one of four main sponsors of this initiative, alongside FAKRO, a manufacturer of roof windows; NORLYS, a lighting manufacturer; and WIŚNIOWSKI, a manufacturer of doors, gates, and fences.
In addition to its sponsorship, Design Express was also involved in organizing and promoting the BARGEWORK competition. They also spoke at universities about the project and invited students to participate in the Vectorworks Academic Program.
The contest being promoted at a local university. Image courtesy of BARGEWORK.
The incorporation of on-water architecture in Poland is just beginning, all thanks to BARGEWORK Opole, Vectorworks, and the many other supporters involved in this contest.