Entrance through the Kitchen
WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 5

  • Entrance through the Kitchen

We are pleased to invite you to our workshop in kitchen design based on the Frankfurt kitchen models and inspired by designs by architect Barbara Brukalska.

What is the role played by the kitchen in the avant-garde modernist “housing revolution”? How did it initiate the process of disintegration of the traditional hierarchy of dwelling interiors, and thus, the social structure and customs?

The construction of the Warsaw Housing Cooperative project in Żoliborz, designed by Stanisław and Barbara Brukalski (developed between 1929-1932) was one of the more prominent experiences in the history of Polish modernist architecture. The key element in the design was its model kitchen, developed in 1927 as a uniform blueprint for 1, 2 and 3-chamber apartments.

In her drawings and designs, Brukalska placed a modern female figure as a sort of “modulator” scaling the interior, and thus changed the way of thinking about “the domestic role of the woman”, who is not just a cook confined to “the kitchen space” anymore but a New Woman - young, athletic, and right in the centre of our attention. In the “Entrance through the Kitchen” workshops, the architect, together with a group of participants, will face the revolutionary visions of women–architects, such as Barbara Brukalska and Margarete Schutte-Lichotzky.
 

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