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Issue #20

PIXELS MADE OF FACING BRICKS

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A building in the Warsaw’s Mokotów district, Poland stands out in the crowd, thanks to its façade. The Kadr Community Centre, is a four storey construction with a fun zone, modern performance hall, work hub, workshop studios, as well as dance and sports zone.
Wienerberger, “Kadr” Community Center, Warsaw/Poland © UNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj
© UNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj
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Wienerberger, “Kadr” Community Center, Warsaw/Poland, UNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj

PIXELS MADE OF FACING BRICKS

Public Use

A building in the Warsaw’s Mokotów district, Poland stands out in the crowd, thanks to its façade. The Kadr Community Centre, is a four storey construction with a fun zone, modern performance hall, work hub, workshop studios, as well as dance and sports zone.

The newest building of the Kadr Community Centre in Warsaw’s district Mokotów is a unique project not only because of its multifunctional character, but thanks to its extraordinary looks. Situated among Mokotów’s typical concrete flats, the architects opted for a custom designed facade. The whole cladding was made with black matte facing bricks – a material characteristic to the buildings of former industrial buildings, where the factory infrastructure was built with modular brick fronts. Kadr Community Centre’s façade wouldn’t be so unusual, if it weren’t for the fact that the facing bricks were arranged in a way that is extremely rare in the Polish architecture – in protruding patterns.

Wienerberger, “Kadr” Community Center, Warsaw/Poland, UNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj

DESIGN TOUCH

The Community Centre logo that includes hands capturing a frame, has also been incorporated into the design. Therefore, the building’s façade features colourful handprints created with facing bricks which thanks to their resemblance to pixels are an ideal material for reliefs or images on building façades. “The symbol of hands capturing a frame is a part of the Community Centre logo, we had an idea that the hands on exterior walls may belong to various people – adults, kids, a woman, a man and elders. The mosaic on the façade is intended to symbolize the social role of the Community Centre as a place of integration” – that’s how the unique idea is described by architects of the project, Małgorzata Dąbrowska-Graj and Tomasz Graj of Projekt Samograj studio.

Wienerberger, “Kadr” Community Center, Warsaw/Poland, UNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj

The brick is universal. Its shape, size and texture carry a lot of message and emotions. This is inculcated in every one of us as a symbol.

Małgorzata Dąbrowska-Graj

PERFECTLY SUITED

The architects also emphasize the durability of the building material and the immensity of possibilities resulting from the unification of brick sizes. The clay facing brick is an ideal material for this kind of utility façades as the maintenance cost is optimized and the cladding is representative and timeless.

Facts
  • Project name
    “Kadr” Community Center, Warsaw, Poland
  • Architect
    UNI Sp. z o.o. & Projekt Samograj
  • Used products

    Terca Matrix, Pomerania, Silesja, Karpatia - Porotherm 18.8, Porotherm 8

  • Year of completion
    2016
Terca-Matrix

Façade

Terca Matrix – Poland

Porotherm 18-8

Wall

Porotherm 18.8 – Poland

Porotherm 8

Wall

Porotherm 8 – Poland