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PR02 Residential complex

HS99

Piotr Smierzewski co-founded HS99 with Dariusz Herman in Koszalin in 1999, after practicing for four years in Karlsruhe. The city was wantonly demolished by the Red Army after the German forces and most of the population had fled, leaving little of its Hanseatic legacy, and it was drably rebuilt after the war. That has given HS99 the opportunity to raise the bar and insert their own understated buildings into an urban fabric that badly needs enhancement. These include an underground sacristy in the cathedral, and a crisply detailed office for the local newspaper. The ZW109 apartments in the city center won an award for their elegant dark brick construction, set off by recessed white balconies on the west side. Ground-floor retail is also recessed to shelter the storefronts from rain, and the four-story block is cut away on the street side to incorporate an entry arch, salvaged from...

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