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By The Way House

A Ribbon as Wrapper

KWK Promes Robert Konieczny

The best houses are the product of a dialogue between clients who have a clear idea of what they want and architects who find creative ways to satisfy those needs. In Poland, that is still something of a novelty. For decades, most people were assigned a minimum of space in shoddily built apartment blocks. Much has been achieved in the past 20 years, but only a privileged few can commission an architect to design their living space. So Robert Konieczny was surprised to receive a call out of the blue in 2000, just after establishing his firm, KWK Promes, in Katowice. As the architect recalls, “my private number rang and the caller said: ‘Mr Robert, I have a beautiful plot and I want you to build a very cool thing there. I invite you to see it and I will be happy to pay as much as you wish for your time. If we cannot come to an agreement, you can keep the money; if we decide...

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