Polish cottage wins ‘architecture Oscar’

Aptly-named Shepherd’s Cottage overlooks a lake in south Poland. Photo: facebook.com/HolaDesignProjektowanieWnetrz

A Polish architectural firm − Hola Design − received the Red Dot Award which is reportedly called the Oscar of Design.

Monika and Adam Bronikowski, whose practise does both exterior and interior architecture, were awarded for their project − Shepherd’s Cottage − situated by a lake near Zakopane in southern Poland.

The designers write on their website that the plot on which the summer house was designed is inclined towards the Lake Czorsztyn. The cottage offers picturesque views of the lake, mountains and castles in Czorsztyn and neighboring Niedzica.

The designer duo stated that the award was the most coveted for them in their professional careers.

“Shepherd’s Cottage is a special project for us for several reasons. First of all, because we were responsible not only for the interior, but also for the architecture of this building, this is a place that we created from the beginning to the end...respecting local tradition and landscape.”

The Red Dot Design Award is a sign of quality and design awarded by the Design Center North Rhine Westphalia in Germany since 1955. Designers and architects from 59 countries submitted over 6300 projects for the competition. The jury, consisting of about 40 experts, chose the Polish designers.

The official Red Dot Award ceremony: Product Design 2018 will take place on July 9. The winning projects will be shown at the Red Dot Design Museum which is located in a UNESCO-listed site in Essen.