“Alarm Clock”


Architectural Design of the Year, Poland

Name of project:

“Alarm Clock”

Type of project:


Street & City where project is located: al. Dzieci Polskich 20, 04-730 Warsaw
Total space (not leasable space): 1,500 sqm

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Name of investor:

The Ewa Blaszczyk “Akogo?” Foundation


Jacek Bolechowski and Wojciech Kielski

Brief description of the architects: The architectural project was prepared by J. Bolechowski and W. Kielski, who worked with a team recruited from workshops specialised in different branches of the building industry.

Brief information about the project from an architectural point of view: The idea behind the project was to add a wing to the neurology ward for children in vegetative state in the existing complex of the biggest children's hospital in Warsaw (completed in 1977), joined by an internal communication passage to the main building. The clinic is located in Międzylesie district (a green area, bordering on a pine forest). The space was limited and defined by the existing surroundings. The round shape was meant to be a lively addition to all the rectangular buildings of the rather drab communist architecture around it. This shape refers to a traditional alarm clock as well as to the flower in the signature of the president of the foundation (Ewa Błaszczyk has always drawn a small flower at the end of her name). The balconies resemble petals and the passage to the main building is like a stem. The many big windows provide natural light for the parents, the medical staff and the children.

Project website: www.akogo.pl

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