PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Other Architecture
Firm LocationWrocław, Poland
CompanyForma Caprichosa
Lead ArchitectDagmara Oliwa
Design Team Anita Luniak

On the vast plain of the Silesian Lowlands, one magical mountain stands alone, towering over the picturesque town of Sobotka. There, amidst the natural landscapes, the Crab Houses complex, a research center for art and new technologies, is planned to be. The complex of three futuristic pavilions located on the meadows is intended to be a link between the urban tissue and the natural environment. The Crab Houses will include a research lab and two residential buildings. The complex is meant to bring together creative people and inhabitants of Sobotka. The Crab Houses complex to be built in laminated timber, steel and panels of transparent glass fiber laminate. The Crab Houses are to become a center of creative action, a meeting place for scientists, artists and residents of Sobotka, as well as a venue for creative workshops. Guests will be able to stay in the houses on the hill and share their passions with the inhabitants of the region. The Crab Houses will get closer to nature through the organic form, and at the same time seek out the answer to how modern high technology will fit in the traditional environment and what added value can it introduce.