We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winners of our "Romantic Cabin For Two" competition – Marcel Dawid, Anita Wiśniewska and Brian Dam from Poland!

2nd prize winners from Poland

We are a trio of friends sharing an interdisciplinary professional background, ranging from architecture and graphic design to journalism and photography. We combined our multifaceted experience into our initiative – vibsu.co, a small practice founded this year. We specialize in creating images and other media for the architectural industry. In this case, we also ventured into design, wanting to create an opportunity to put our values into practice and offer a structure that would reflect our emphasis on quality function and a natural approach. 

Our shared values and a common desire to help shape the world for the better, wanting to further environmental and societal consciousness in design, is what brought us together. Watching the events of the past years unfold, we felt a change in how things are done is inevitable and we wanted to meaningfully contribute in the best way we can.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

Individually, we have taken part in projects across different mediums and scales. From architectural projects of pavilions and master plans to documentary work, photography, writing. We believe the different experiences and varied expertise we bring to the table make for novel discussions. This allows us to share new perspectives that are infused with meaning across a broad spectrum. Whatever the project and its scale, we approach it with curiosity and a desire to deliver original solutions.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

An architect is to be a silent facilitator, invisible to the user of the space. They’re the ones who make decisions that shape the spatial and sensual experiences. They bear the responsibility of creating structures that should make one feel safe, respected, empowered, and inspired.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architecture competitions are a great way of collaborating with like-minded people on projects that reflect your values and provide an opportunity to implement them into real-world use. Having great and inspiring ideas is one thing, but competitions provide realistic boundaries, further shaping and honing whatever you have in mind. Additionally, they present a real need and purpose, and nothing is more satisfying than a realised project that may be of benefit to others.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

Gather a team of people you would like to collaborate with and pick a project that most excites you. Competitions are a great way to gain confidence in your abilities, as well as to learn from others. It’s definitely a worthy experience, not only professionally, but also personally. Don’t hesitate!

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