Shadows

Paweł Grobelny

Plaza del Ayuntamiento – Concéntrico 08

 

The project for Ayuntamiento Square is both a functional and artistic gesture. The benches are an extension of the delicate columns of the town hall building designed by the famous Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. The benches are the same color as the columns and their length is the same as the height of columns. They can be perceived from the bird’s eye view as a shadow of columns or as an extension of the characteristic delicate columns. But apart from the purely visual aspect they have also a social aspect. The distance between benches makes it possible the contact between people sitting on them. This arrangement of small architecture favors meetings in the square, sitting opposite each other in smaller or larger groups. This project, like many of my realizations, attaches to existing architecture. I always try to place my projects silently into a given space so that it is a spatial and functional complement to a given public space.

Paweł Grobelny

Paweł Grobelny is designer, lecturer, exhibition curator and specialist in the field of public space design. He heads the Public Space Design Studio at the Faculty of Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Scholarship holder of the French Government in Paris, Casa de Velazquez – Academie de France in Madrid and Residency Unlimited in New York. His projects are located in public spaces in cities such as Brussels, Budapest, Strasbourg, Shanghai and La Defense business district near Paris. Winner of many international awards, including ”Rado Star France – Prix du Public” awarded during the Paris Design Week. Three-time winner of the nationwide “Polska Architektura XXL” award, in the “Polish Landscape” category (2018, 2019, 2022). Curator of several dozen exhibitions devoted to design, in particular public space and sustainable design, presented, among others, at the Architecture Center in Paris, the Design Museum in Helsinki, the Architecture Center in Toulouse and the Korea Foundation in Seoul.

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