We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winners of our "Yoga House in the Bog" competition – Przemo Metko and Marzena Radkiewicz-Metko from Poland!

2nd prize winners from Poland

We are a couple of architects from Lublin, Poland, and we have been creating r-m studio together since 2018. We are a small studio that deals with architecture and interiors. An additional area of activity is furniture design and ceramics, which we create in small series and single copies. In each of these areas we look for simplicity, balance and moderation. In designing, we value an approach that respects the context and nature.

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?

Currently, we mainly deal with single-family houses and private interiors, because this is the scale in which we feel good and we know how important it is to design a good living space. Whenever we have time, we try to take part in as many local and international competitions as possible. An additional area of activity is furniture design and ceramics, which we are very interested in. Ceramics is an additional field for us to experiment and the opportunity to work with the material which is clay. In every scale in which we work, we look for simplicity, which comes from our passion for minimalism.

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

It is creating a space in which we move on a daily basis. It is an emotion that appears in us when we interact with it, no matter if it is our own home, work or a walk around the city. It is everything that surrounds us, because not only we are the architects who create it, it is also nature that inspires us at every step. Our task is to design responsibly and in accordance with our beliefs, because each of us is a user of architecture, and the buildings will be there when we are no more.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Competitions always allow you to see many different perspectives on one task. You can see many different ideas that you have not considered yourself and are always a great source of inspiration and new experience.

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

You never lose anything, and you can only gain. Each competition is a new experience, working on a completely new task that gives you almost complete freedom and allows you to unleash the maximum of your creativity. Therefore, there is nothing to be afraid of.

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