Apartment Building at number 12, Kupa street

  • location: Kraków, ul. Kupa 12
  • outside sightseeing: yes
  • inside sightseeing: no
  • outside photographing: yes
  • interior photographing: no
  • authors: GD&K Group
  • authors' website: http://www.gdkgroup.pl
  • construction: 2005
  • authors of photos: Jakub Kaczmarczyk © GD&K Group

Architecture of the building located in the centre of Kazimierz quarter, next to the baroque Isaac’s synagogue, is a resultant of both the context, and the designers’ penchant for neo-modernist style.

To minimise the visual impact of the building’s bulk on the neighbouring structures, the two highest floors are set back. Recesses appear also in the wall that faces the house of prayer, but here they are positioned vertically. They resemble an avant-corps or exaggerated buttresses – a popular element in the historical Krakovian architecture.

The building’s consistency lies in the manner of structuring its elevations, drawn in a regular rhythm of porte-fenêtre windows. The luxurious finish of Pińczów limestone adds character to the building. This is the very same stone that has been used in Poland for over a thousand years, as a material for sculptors and architects.

The apartment house differs from standard housing estates in that the interiors may be arranged and rearranged flexibly, thanks to the application of the column structure. Connoisseurs of panoramic city views will appreciate penthouse flats at the two uppermost floors; one penthouse boasts a roof terrace.