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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Students of Architecture awarded again!

Katarzyna Ponińska and Paweł Pacak from the Faculty of Architecture have been awarded for designing an observatory in Turkey. Students took part in an international contest organized by reTHINKING Competitions and competed against young architects from all around the world.

The goal of the competition was to design a landscape observatory, to be located in Pamukkale, Turkey. The city is famous from its limestone pools, formed on the hillside, filled with thermal water, under the auspices of UNESCO. The beauty of this place was recognized only recently. Thorough the years human has interfered into the natural landscape. Nowadays, the only path that allows to visit this place is a road hollowed in the side of the hill, currently developed with artificial pools.

Students’ idea was to bring back the natural look of the area, keeping in mind to let tourists explore every nook. According to Paweł Pacak, “We’ve created spheres filled with helium, which would reduce the pressure of human weight on the delicate and fragile limestone structures. The zero-weight of the visitor allows you to move freely on the hill in a way safe for nature. Thanks to that, we could observe how strong nature is and how it can revive itself in an amazing way.”

The design of SUT’s students, titled “Zero”, won the jury’s recognition and placed itself among the best entries submitted from all around the world. “We are very pleased, that we were able to receive the award” said the students, “The whole idea was created in a quite short amount of time, but we were sure it was a good and interesting answer to the topic. That is why we are glad that we were recognized. We worked hard, but also in a casual way, and that's probably the reason why we managed to create something interesting.”

Created: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:33 PM, by: Karolina Krukiewicz
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