2023 UDAD 🏆 Awards

Gold Winner – The Polish Farmhouse by BXB studio

At BXB studio, we design buildings that are both modern and routed in tradition. This combination allows us to create interesting design shapes like ”The Farmhouse”, where instead of five farm buildings due for demolition, we proposed five interconnected barns to create a highly dynamic space. Although this development is a completed piece of work, it takes into account the possibility of future development, which could include the creative reconstruction of the historical house due for demolition in accordance with the client’s wishes.

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Gold 🏆 Winner
Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2023

The Polish Farmhouse
Housing Architecture (Built)

BXB studio

Boguslaw Barnas

Design Team
Bogusław Barnaś, Bartosz Styrna, Anna Mędrala, Kamil Makowiec, Mateusz Zima, Magdalena Moska, Valentin Lepley, Aleksander De Mott, Maroš Mitro, Paula Wróblewska, Marzia Tocca, Magdalena Fuchs



©Rafał Barnaś, Piotr Krajewski, Bogusław Barnaś

The seemingly random scattering of barns was carefully defined by the surrounding landscape, the position of the sun and the function of the building.

It is set in the exact place where the original barn was situated.

Each particular barn was finished with different styles of wood texture to reflect the individual character of the historical buildings.

This design is not only about a modern building or the transformation of a historical homestead into a modern home, but also about a unique and sustainable space embedded in the area, which would be the synthesis of local tradition, a beautiful landscape and good function.

When creating the individual barns of The Farmhouse, we were guided by a harmonious approach to nature, primarily to the play of light and shadow, terrain, existing greenery and infrastructure. Large, sunlit glazing has been shaded with an openwork facade, terrace roofs or dense greenery. Thanks to this, the house will not be exposed to excessive sun exposure in the summer. Guided by the principle of sustainable development, we made sure to preserve the valuable tree stand. To better integrate the building with the extremely valuable and beautiful landscape, we designed a footbridge on the first floor and platforms on the ground floor, which then adjust to the topography of the area.

The entrance portal of the new house opens up with a glass facade facing the adjacent courtyard and the future main entrance of the old house reconstruction opposite.The glass facade has an openwork wooden translucent curtain in front of it, which relates to the original ornamental feature that decorates the entrance of the old house. Locating the entrances on a common axis strengthens the dialogue between the old and the new.

The design philosophy with regards to „The Farmhouse” project places great emphasis on the relationship between man and nature with reference to place, history and tradition. This relationship stems from exploring the cultural context, as well involving contemporary structure and design. We think in BXB studio that this kind of openness with regard to heritage and tradition allows us to discover a creative richness, full of great creativity, and that this kind of creation of space gives our buildings durability and timelessness. We believe that in this way, our buildings are not merely anonymous or unspiritual and that they are something more significant than just a modern building.