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ORAWKA – ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LESSER POLAND


The church we came by during our trip to Slovakia – Located in southern Poland on polish and Slovakian border.



We discovered¬†this amazing structure accidentally, but as it later transpired it was one of the most valued historic, timber log structure¬†churches in Poland¬† –¬†it was suggested to list the church in UNESCO world heritage classification, unfortunately the application was unsuccessful.

The temple was constructed in 18t century and named after St .John the Baptist. It has the most fascinating timber log construction with a single nave and a very precious, rich wall paintings .

It is simply breath taking experience to enter the building, see its mystic light coming through the windows with a stained glass and entirely timber internal finish. The duo pitched roof, the spire at front with four other little spires at each corner of the front tower and most of the walls are covered with wooden shingles.

The church has a very decorative panel ceiling with interesting and picturesque paintings showing the scenes from St John the Baptist’s live and other bible motives.

No doubt we can call it one of the most precious jewel of polish historic timber architecture.

















1 Beach Hill Avenue – Enfield- Greater London


Let me share my thougts about  another high end, residential building today.

This is second building which I was working on, recently. Even more expensive, still on the market, but we all hope it is not going to last long. The design is repeatedly  traditional, with classical proportions, but the quality of finishes is astonishing.

The building complies with the Code for sustainable homes requirements, is very eco friendly and comes up to all contemporary, high standards – recently we have overheard that some famous london footballer had and interest in a purchase of this property.

The house consists of 6 or 7 bedrooms with a separate en-suite bathrooms, lounge, kitchen, morning room, utility, spacious hall with impressive stairs, home office/study, disabled bathroom at ground floor level, double garage,cinema room, play room and what’s most important – the swimming pool.
Sounds like a house for a people from Beverly Hills? might be actually even better- it is more classy ūüėČ












RADLETT – 1 THE RIDGEWAY –


Finally I can show off  and present another of the jobs I was involved in.

This is just a small sample what we do in our office – the is building located in the suburbs of London, Radlett, in a vicinity of another high end residential buildings.Generally very, very reach area.

The location and also the client’s requirement¬† decided of a character of the building. We have proposed a very traditional building, with the pithed tiled roof, traditional pitched roof dormers, cast stone external finishes.Really masive bulk, very neat finish and with its own, one of a kind, unusual character.

Located on a large site, especially rear garden is of an impressive size, on which you could probably play a cricket match – If you were wealthy enough to buy it all together and could still effort to ruin the lawn.

The intrnal arrangement is sufficiently spacious to get lost, but I can garantee, you wouldn’t be bored looking for a way out, as the building has a lot of aesthetical¬† surprices.

First class floor finishes, high ceilings with a lovely lighting fittings, as well as a grand stairs with the cast iron balustrades.

The building is expensive, but worth its price.











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DUBLIN- PORTLAND STREET – BAKERS YARD DEVELOPMENT


A residential urban development located in the centre of Dublin, on Portland Street (close to the famous Croke Park Stadium)

This is definitely  on of the most interesting residential development I have been involved in .

There are three blocks, comprising about 130 apartments, some of them duplexes, with a very narrow atriums beetween them an many balconies sticking out of the building, cladded with timber .

The three buildings create courtyards, new streets, that are of a very good quality and friendly for the inhabitants.

Striking combination of materials and quality of finishes makes me proud , and I very often draw some ideas from this design.

Presented buildings are liners with decks runing along the length of the buildings, the entrances to the apartments form a courtyard and with the external lifts linking the decks at the ends of the buildings.

The apartments are still available to purchase , for about 250 thousands euro – I think they are worth it.






















LONDON- NORTH FINCHLEY – WOODSIDE AVENUE-


Block of flats built along Woodside Avenue  in North Finchley in London.Iteresting building that draws the attention thanks to its contemporary design and a fresh look in between the surrounding detached houses from different periods.

Use of brick is still very characteristic for this area of London, but big aluminium windows with a very asymetric subdivisions, and a very contemporary flat roofs are really standing out Рvery surprising especially for me dealing with the planning councill for the area.

I often pass by this intriguing building and though it would be worth to share it with other people – will you agree with my point of view ?


LONDON- KENSINGTON GARDENS + PALACE + DUTCH GARDEN


One of the Royal parks in London adjacent to Hyde Park – creates together with Hyde Park, St,James Park, Green Park – creates one of the biggest open , green spaces in europe.

Although the garden itself is not reach in many different plant species, it is very interesting as a place of relaxation,with variety of offical avenues,  full of landscape architecture, monuments, sculptures and romantic arbours.

Full o fountains and with  the Round Pound -popular artificial lake in the west corner of Hide Park , packed with swans and other wild living birds.

The Park was designed in c.1728-1738 by Henry Wise and Charles Bridgeman.The same Charles Bridgeman designed a Serpentine; a lake lying in the center of the Hyde Park and ending up in¬†the Kensington Gardens that is called “The lond Water”

Very interesting part of the Kensington Garden is so called “Italian Garden” with a number of classical sculptures and fountains.

Further away to¬†the west, ¬†one can see the Kensington Palace with the Queen Victoria Memorial,”Dutch Garden”¬†¬†and the Queen Victoria Memorial.

To the south west there is a really impressive Albert Memorial and a view at the Royal Albert HallРbeing Royal Opera House.

The place definitely worth of seeing and a time spent on exploring the Park will be definitely enjoyable and amusing thanks to its charm and an amizingly  royal character.