The Faculty of Neophilology and Applied Lingusitics


Architectural Design of the Year, Poland

Name of project:

The Faculty of Neophilology and Applied Lingusitics

Type of project:


Street & City where project is located:

ul. Dobra, Warsaw

Total space (not leasable space):

38,352 sqm, in phase one 11,466 sqm


Foundation of the University of Warsaw

Name of investor:

The University of Warsaw

Architect: Kuryłowicz & Associates Sp. z o.o. Architect: Stefan Kuryłowicz, Ewa Kuryłowicz, Olga Kanecka, Michał Tatjewski, Piotr Wilbik, Fryderyk Szymański, Magdalena Iżewska, Karina Kowalewska, Krystyna Tulczyńska

Brief description of the architectural studio:

Kuryłowicz & Associates Architecture Studio was founded in 1990 by Prof Stefan Kuryłowicz. Today it is one of the most renowned and titled architectural companies in the country.

Brief information about the project from an architectural point of view:

The space of the building has been designed to surround the so-called “promenade”, along which all the reading rooms of the different linguistic departments of the faculty are located. The hall receives direct daylight from the five inner courtyards. The landscaping is synchronised with the respective language departments - ie. the French philology department is adjacent to the French garden, the English philology department to the English garden etc. Both the structure of the space in the building as well as its materials create the feeling of being on a sun-lit verandah. The south wall with the double skin façade has been designed as an analogous to a hedge using the specific geometry of coloured glass panels. The building is closed from the top by a roof garden which is connected to the interior with two wide, open staircases. The project is planned in two phases.

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