ABB supports young architects

2017-03-02 - "Home in Space" was the most acclaimed and successful project in the Competition for Young Architects Builder magazine.
ABB was a sponsorship partner for this competition, supporting the participants in the best use of the building automation system ABB-free@home. Interest in the competition was huge with more than 1,400 participants.

In the photo from left: Joanna Steggles, Łukasz Będziński and Alicja Stefanowska of the Electrification Products division. Photo. Urszula Czapla/ Arch. ABB

ABB tries to support architectural students and young architects in their creative and professional development, after all it is the architects who propose products like building automation solutions at the design consultancy stage. As a sponsor we present ourselves as partners to architects with the technology to bring their architectural visions to life. In Poland this is done within the framework of the project "We promote Polish architecture." The competition selection criteria for the best works were characterized by creativity, openness, high-quality designed architecture, attention to detail and correctness of the materials and technology that were selected for the solution.

The competition was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Association of Polish Architects. Companies from different industries partner participants, providing them with factual knowledge about materials, products and systems that could be used in their modern architectural designs. These products - in accordance with the rules of the competition - must later be included in the projects.

Photo: Urszula Czapla/ Arch. ABB
- We wanted to reach a large and very specific audience of young people entering the labor market - says Jaroslaw Grabowski, representing ABB electrical installation equipment and building automation.

- We wanted first and foremost to show participants that ABB is not only an energy company, but also a producer of designer accessories and building automation systems. ABB-free@home is a system that fits perfectly with modern architectural projects.

Each year the competition is becoming more and more popular. Works can be submitted in three categories. In total 129 projects were received for assessment, 45 of which were submitted as team efforts. The first competition theme - "own house architect" – was most popular, with as many as 63 projects. The second most popular was - "Fill in the gap function of culture" – receiving 48 works, while the third – "Modern Workplace", which turned out to be the most demanding because the project had to be applied to an existing plot in Krakow, attracted 18 works. Most of the works were sent by students of Poznan University of Technology, followed by students from Warsaw University of Technology, and then by students from the Cracow University of Technology.

The works were judged by a panel, which was made up of the most outstanding Polish architects and representatives of the construction industry.

“The Panel discussion on individual projects was fierce. This resulted from, among other things the different points of view of the architects and business representatives. Architects, who were the majority, gave greater credence to creativity and an original perspective on reality, while representatives of the business gave credit for the best and most unconventional use of modern technology,” said Magdalena Malewska, Director of Sales and Marketing for Electrification Products division, ABB Poland, who was a member of the Panel.

Photo: Urszula Czapla/ Arch. ABB
– The overall winner came from the "own house architect" category, which was an abstract design virtually impossible to implement today- a house in the cosmos. This project was unrivaled in terms of approach, the materials used, creativity, proposed solutions and finally the justifications used by the author.

At the end of January, during the Gala Builder Awards, the winner and runners-up were honored. The names of the winners and award-winning projects can be found at

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