Striking in its design, the historic Queens Hotel in Leeds has once again become a calling card of the city with a 50 percent surge in bookings following its renovation by Kraków design studio Iliard. Wojciech Witek, Iliard’s chief development officer, said the project began by ‘starting a dialogue with history’.
Located in Lubartów in eastern Poland and completed in 2021, the building was designed to fit into the surrounding rural landscape, combining the traditional form of a windmill with a functional and modern 79 square metre living space set vertically across three above-ground floors, an additional mezzanine and underground section.
The stunning design named "From the Garden House" by Robert Konieczny scooped the title after being handed the prestigious Archello Best of 2021 International Award.
The project, which beat off competition from over 75 other international nominees including Axel Springer’s Berlin campus, Le Monde’s Paris HQ and the Summers Office Building in Buenos Aires, was chosen after nearly 200,000 votes were cast in a public poll organized by prestigious platform ArchDaily.
Located in the heart of Warsaw, the new benches have a striking simplicity, consisting of a row of smooth wooden slats supported by a frame, with no back or armrests.
Described as one of Warsaw’s greatest heroes, Jan Zachwatowicz’s defining project has previously been inducted onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Located in the city of Toruń, the design inspired by the ancient Japanse art of paper-folding has been billed by the architects behind it as a small and cosy space away from everyday life.
Seeking to arouse feelings of respect while giving a clear message to future generations, the team behind it chose to meet the challenge by designing “monumental glass casts” in which “silhouettes of soldiers on a 1:1 scale would be placed in cuboids”.
The ‘foldable’ design aims to offer a feeling of safety while being practical and flexible.
Combining wood with cutting-edge design the building comes bristling with green credentials.