in the (post) pandemic era, agnieszka białek, currently the owner of monolight studio, has created ‘enclaves on vistula riveran’, a floating co-working space in cracow, poland. the creative process was led by ecological values allowing the coexistence of nature and architecture, without interfering in the environment. besides, the elements allow changes of their location on the river, drifting near wawel castle, the city symbol.
all images courtesy of agnieszka białek / monolight studio
in times of social distancing, agnieszka białek / monolight studio seeks to provide a unique comfort zone and a sense of security. the oval-formed enclave’s interior is wrapped with integrated furnishings, allowing users to achieve individual positions during work. with a booking system, the construction function as a user-friendly space during day and night, without time limits. furthermore, to maintain the project’s ecological dimension, the accessibility for outsiders within the enclaves is achieved by a kayak.
the design of the project draws reference by the river foam shaping geometric arrangements. apart from this, another influence was the floating water lilies and their root system. the cells’ fragments take form as the leaves of these plants, while the enclaves placed on the cells resemble their flowers. an enclave serves as a private workspace installed on a platform that rests on floats.
the interconnected cells are anchored in the river bed, forming a single floating structure, creating modular systems on the water surface. the concept uses new technologies and methods of creation and design. the organic-shaped networks exist as 3D virtual models that could be 3D-printed in the future using waterproof, recyclable materials, within a few days.
name: enclaves on vistula river
architect: agnieszka białek / monolight studio
redaction: paula fronc
professor: prof. dr hab. beata gibała-kapecka
assistant: kaja czajczyk, MA
location: vistula riveran, cracow, poland
edited by: christina petridou | designboom