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1500 West Georgia

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Vancouver, consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities, has much to offer beyond a vibrant social environment, the “City of Glass” is known for its buildings of transparency and for its breathtaking surroundings of clear water and snow-covered mountains. But, like many cities today, its skyline is dominated by verticality – extrusions of generic towers that don’t engage their environment and create isolation rather than connection. The design opens up the inert shaft of the tower to embrace both city and nature in a three-dimensional sculpture which projects the space of living outwards into the surrounding context.

Gateway to Vancouver and Urban Pivot

Located on one of Vancouver’s main avenues, the tower stands as a new beacon at the entrance to Vancouver from the North Shore and Stanley Park and forms an urban pivot at the junction where the city’s grid splices and begins to expand from the West End to the diagonal along West Pender Street into the Coal Harbour waterfront and downtown Vancouver. Its position at the crossroads between the City to the South, Stanley Park to the North, and the waterfronts to both the East and West calls for a multidirectional design that capitalizes on the urban and natural qualities at this important site in the West End.

Engaging the Space of the City

A system of vertically shifted apartment modules enables dynamic yet rational and efficient layouts for residential units while the horizontal rotation of these modular elements projects living spaces outwards to introduce the concept of horizontal living in a slender high-rise. The resulting multiple terraces generated from these horizontal shifts create both physical and emotional connectivity between the indoor and outdoor environment.

Vancouver possesses a unique balance of urban conditions surrounded by spectacular nature that provides fertile ground for envisioning new possibilities for future living in a cosmopolitan and environmentally-friendly city. The design for this building exemplifies an ambition to reconnect architecture with the natural and civic environment and go beyond the hermetic confines of towers that increasingly inscribe our lives.

The design of the building presents a carefully crafted distinctive silhouette that reaches out to engage the space of the city and stands as a new beacon that activates the skyline. The tower opens up to embrace both city and nature in a three-dimensional sculpture, projecting the space of living outwards into the site’s surroundings, responding to the multi-directional context while respecting views to and from neighbouring buildings, and maximising unobstructed views to the surrounding water, parks, and city.


Public Ground and Urban Memento

The vertical offset of the apartment modules minimizes the footprint of the tower and liberates the ground to provide an open public plaza for residents and citizens alike. An amplified reinterpretation of the existing water cascade along West Georgia builds on the strong architectural heritage of the site, while multiple crossing paths ensure urban permeability. Civic amenities are embedded around the central plaza and the extensive waterscape to engage the community and contribute to the network of downtown green and public space.

Special consideration has been given to maintaining existing spatial qualities while enhancing and reinvigorating aspects of the public plaza and its heritage. As a special place in the city for Vancouverites who have fond memories of the existing office building and water cascade by architects Rhone and Iredale, the design retains the modernist Crown Life Place and enhances the qualities of the site and respectfully translates the original character, while offering new possibilities to the community. The minimised footprint of the residential tower touches the ground and embeds itself into a multi-level water landscape.

Visualizing Integrated Sustainability

Sustainability strategies for passive and active energy savings are integrated with the architecture to target significant reductions in energy consumption and aspire to achieve LEED Platinum.

Renewable energy sources at the top of the building’s sculpted crown generate 100% of the energy for the public amenities at the ground, creating a new model that visualizes sustainability and gives carbon-free space back to the public.


Sport firms are a trend nowadays. Whether it is a service, coaching or product, a newly created company should be meaningful and modern with presentation.


To create a successful company in this field, be passionate! Train yourself to be a professional, either as a coach or advisor. Many companies are created by people who are professional skiers, bolwers, dancers, surfers, etc., because they do not care about the quantity of customers, but they care about a message: Just do what I do! It’s great!


It was no different with my customers. Hobbists, professionals, coachers, big fans. Enjoying what they do.


It is always a pleasure to help such companies, either with design services or advising in brand and business.

Snowflake – ski coaching 





Buro Ole Scheeren

I have experience in renown company Buro Ole Scheeren, based in Beijing China. The company is specialized in large developments. Due to confidentiality, I will show in portfolio only main projects of the company, not the one that I have worked in:

Below is the typology of projects I was part on:






Based in UK, Germany, Canada, USA, China and Korea and more…

All projects are confidential.

Please find examplary projects of the company Buro Ole Scheeren below:

Ovo Grabczewscy

One of the best Polish companies, receiving many awards. Over 3 years of close collaboration.

Below is the typology of projects I was part on:

– FLAME EXPOSITION PAVILION, Żory | realization |
– JEWISH MUSEUM, Sobibor | competition |
– DRIFT QUEEN LUIZA, Zabrze | realization |
– MUSEUM OF ETHNOGRAPHY, Budapest | 2nd stage competition, honourable mention |

– SHOPPING CENTRE SUPERSAM, Katowice | realization |

– OFFICE BUILDING, Wroclaw | competition |

– KINDERGARTEN, Ruichang, China | competition |

Groundlab / Plasma Studio


Collaboration with two studios in London, UK on the following projects:


– MOBILITY CENTRE (trainstation), San Candido/Innichen, Italy


collaboration with PRAXIS


CASE STUDY: start-up city centre

The project presents development of problematic areas into new commercial centre and start-up area. The question is how to maximize the use of barriers within certain area in order to neutralize their negative impact. How to drive what existing into new possibilities, of creating full product cycle and research&development aspects. In my thesis I tried to analyse both physical and mental barriers. The result was a design of a new centre for Chorzów.

Chorzów Batory, which can become a new social and economical zone, and can make positive asset for the city and Silesia. To use the flexibility of a place I have designed architecture that can be easily reorganised to occasional needs in order to become, for instance, a shopping centre or an expo. The new start-up centre improves the level of living in the area, increases possibility of incomes and contributes to future development.

The thesis begins with study on typology of barriers. Besides physical ones, that are striking people everyday’s habits, we find mental problems. Physical barriers are visual obstacles such as highway or restricted zone while mental barriers are problems in social life, economical base or access to information.

Studies are supported with good solutions from existing examples (like Highline in New York, Paradise Street in Liverpool, Bilbao Eff ect or future plans of Silesia) and general ideas (how to improve social activity, how to design without barriers).

Analysis showed me what kind of functions are missing in Chorzów, the city where I design. The city has only one city centre, far away from the district Batory which is neglected however relevant. Area of Steel Mill Batory made a perfect place to start defeating barriers such as limited access to different parts of city, lack of work places and social areas, demographic issues or poor economical condition. My methods are urban driven. It is because city barriers touches the city life – to design solutions we need to know a neighbourhood well.

Last part of this thesis presents my design. The idea is to create a local centre that makes a connection of historical values and technological innovations with possibility of trade. The design results in full-product cycle environment (research, prototype, production, testing, selling), new business centre and new social areas that are encouraging people to come or new work places. Existing Still Mill Batory, again fully in life, supports direction of tech development of the area.

Design uses existing forms of communication like train with trainstation included in the design, bus stops and tram stops. Functions are derived from the product circulation, containing facilities to work, sell, advertise, produce and use. First three are in the central area, while the production facilities are already adjacent, what can be used in supporting local businesses.

The new centre is situated on an old industrial zone which used to be a heart of Chorzów Batory and my design should also become this heart.



CASE STUDY: Biocover

Design of parks which replaces streets in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

Target: Academic design, ASK, Warsaw University of Technology

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Year of the concept2014/2015

Used software: Rhinoceros3D, Grasshopper, DepthmapX, 3DS Max, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop


Biocover is a design of a new greenery network within a city. In the times of concrete buildings or streets, greenery is very desired. People demands walkable spaces and social areas. Thus I developed an idea to replace some streets with parks. The greenery imitates nature.

By analyzing cars movement within a city, we can declare which streets could be removed or reduced. In the city of Warsaw we can find plenty of such. I divided them into 5 categories, from streets with the lowest traffic data to streets with the highest traffic data.

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Solar installation

The Solar System is an interactive installation for Copernicus Science Center

Project website:


The “Solar System” is an interactive art and science all year outdoor installation. It is designed as a tribute to a polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Copernicus, the patron of the Science Center, most known for the formulation of the heliocentric model, where the sun, rather than the earth is placed in the middle. This was a revolutionary approach at the time that completely changed the way of thinking about the world as we know it.

“The Sun” is placed in the central point, in front of the main entrance to the Science Centre. To help visitors imagine the size of the star, only a little fragment of the sphere is revealed, It forms a glowing dome. It is a unique piece of the exhibition in the same way the sun is unique within the solar system.

Each of the planets and their natural satelites is represented by a sculptural installation, based on their physical characteristics . They are placed on the respective orbits within the Science Centre surroundings.

Other planets:

Museum of Fire

The Museum of Fire is telling stories about fire and history of Zory, the city in Silesia Region, south of Poland.

Museum in Zory, Poland, Realization

2009 – 2015

Design team: OVO Grąbczewscy + Marta Musiał

Main contractor: Voyage

GFA: 642 m2

Levels: 1 above, 1 underground

Project website: OVO-Grabczewscy

The Museum of Fire is telling stories about fire and history of Zory, the city in Silesia Region, south of Poland.

During medieval times the city was created inside a forest, which later, had razed. The name of the city was derived from this process, Zar – means fire, burn or flames. Bad name brought bad luck to the city, forcing the citizens to fight with fires. The most dangerous one, on 11th of May 1702, destroyed half of a city. To honor this day, the city Zory is helding a procession every year.

Fire became a base for the design of our museum.

The shape of the museum is defined by an underground pipline and obligatory laws and it reminds a fire.



Archdaily Building of the Year 2016,

Architecture of Silesia in 2015,

The Best Touristic Object 2015,

7 Wonders of Poland,

Life in Architecture,

Polish Architecture 2014

and many more…



See the move here!

The Soundscape project at Architectural Association Visiting School in Bilbao 2014.

The project is about creating an interactive mobile application for music map of Bilbao. A person, does not have to look at the map, simply can follow music, noise or spoken words to experience the city.

The user experience is simple:

  1. One connects to wifi in the city and follows variety of noises.
  2. Once loses wifi connection, the track of a route is gone. There are several routes in the city.
  3. Music is dictated by sounds of the city, recorded and translated to vivid when noisy, calm when quiet. It’s up to a person whether can follow vivid or quiet route.
  4. Once approaches an important object, such as a historical building, the voice speaks about it.

The sound map is perfect for blind people, letting them to experience the city of Bilbao.

The app was done in Processing (Java) and is not available online.

Group members: David Stifler, Mia Andrasevic, Ana Bradao, Irantu Berciano, Yolanda Alonso, Marta Musial

















Museum of Ethnography


The Distinction Award in UIA international competition, gained with OVO Grabczewscy.

Target: uia international competition for new museum of ethnography in budapest : distinction award 2014, liget budapest


Architects: OVO Grabczewscy

Architect In Charge: Barbara Grabczewska, Oskar Grabczewski, Marek Grąbczewski

Cooperation: Marta Musiał,

(II stage of competition): arup polska – kraków office

facade consultants : maciej sobolewski – schueco polska, tomasz szubielski – saint – gobain glass polska

structural, mechanical , electrical engineering, energy model, sustainable building analysis and environmental consulting


Example of publications:,,,,,, local websites.











Mobility Centre, Innichen

Train station and adjacent urban areas done with Groundlab and Plasma Studio.

Target: competition New Railway Station Area Master Plan Innichen/San Candido, Italy
Award: First Prize

Location: Innichen/San Candido, Italy

Architects: PLASMA Studio, Groundlab

Architect In Charge: Alfredo Ramirez

Design Team: Clara Oloriz, Peter Karl Pichler, Leila Meroue, Carmen Frances, Laura Riaño, Juan Torres , Marta Musial, Anna Vyazovskay


My part: design team, responsible for the design of main plaza and adjacent buidlings, partly responsible of organisational structure


“The project reorganizes the area around the train station due to its relocation closer to the city Centre. It involves the redesign of the station and all the infrastructural components such as , main crossing points for cars, pedestrians, bicycles and trains. At the same time the area in front of the old train station will be free up thus allowing the introduction of new programs with new activities for the town. The proposal uses this space to create a unique “Innichen showcase” where local products like bacon, mineral water, felt, linen, etc. are to be display. This territory works as a transition area and attraction for visitors and residents from the north of the municipality and beyond.”

Location: 39038 San Candido Bolzano, Italy
Structural Engineering: Sulzenbacher
Renders: Moka Studio
Client: STA, Südtiroler Trasportstrukturen AG
Area: 7860.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Groundlab


Example of publications:


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Skyline Masterplan, Dubai

Master plan of a new district made with Groundlab and Praxis.

Target: realization for Landscape Concultancy Praxis Architect

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Architects: Praxis (Architecture), Groundlab (Landscape Architecture)


Year of Implementation: 2015-16

Site: 27.1579 ha

List of key functions and facilities: Hospital, Bridge, Park, Bolervard, Walking Paths.

Quadtree is proposed here as the concept for the landscape design in order to create comfortable outdoor areas to be inhabited at different times during the day and year. The concept enhances the existing grid and structure of the skyline master plan as the basis for a further subdivision into a smaller scale. The quadtree grid generates open, semi-open and enclosed modular spaces that can be used to create micro-climates at multiple scales, allowing a better control of the temperature and humidity in outdoor inhabitable zones such as the linear park and playground areas.The square prototypes/modules are designed as a catalogue that can be implemented on site linked to climatic conditions. The squares are related to shading and cooling techniques as well as local materials and create a material/pattern gradient in order to house different programmes and activities along the linear park and playground areas.



Chain Bath Luiza

Coal mining museum

Tychy, Poland

April – June 2014

Bachelor of Science in Architecture diploma, Silesian University of Technology


GFA: 642 m2

Realization of the Chain Bath in mining heritage park “Queen Luiza”, Zabrze.

Project website: OVO-Grabczewscy

Architects: Konior studio & Ovo Grąbczewscy architekci

Architect In Charge: Barbara Grabczewska, Oskar Grabczewski

Cooperation: Katarzyna Kunsdorff, Marta Musiał, Ewa Stelmach

Pedestrian bridge static design : MK project : Marian Kręzel


Courtyard houses

Courtyard houses

Tychy, Poland

April – June 2014

Bachelor of Science in Architecture diploma, Silesian University of Technology


GFA: 642 m2


Revit Architecture, Adobe Illustrator, 3ds MAX, Adobe Photoshop


Well, it’s enough to sink it in the ground, add some atrium spaces, some common spaces and some gardens, and we have our recipe!



Eco House

Single house / low-cost energy

Rybnik, Poland


Design team: Marta Musial, Adrianna Dobska, Katarzyna Kunsdorff, Mateusz Jaworski, Daria Skrabel

Client: private


GFA: 600 m2

Area: 5250 m2

Levels: 2 above, 1 underground


The target of the design was sustainability and low-cost maintanance. The building consists of 1 level above ground and 1 level below ground has optional mezzanine for further development.


House has it’s winery and swimming pool. The style is close to the ones of traditional for this region. Bricks were used from leftovers found on the site.


Entire low-cost maintanance allows almost full independency of the investment. The roof from the west side is covered with fotovoltaic panels and solar collectors. The flat roof is covered with 65 sqm of extensive greenery. It consums solar energy preventing from overheating of the living room. Designed green house is situated next to the main entrance and separated garage with technical rooms. Installations are ground heat exchanger and sewage farm. Existing well has been adopted to new waterworks network. Heating is with ecological pellet.


All of this allows to keep maintanance as low-cost.


Jewish Museum


Sobibor, Poland


Design team: OVO Grąbczewscy + Marta Musiał



Competition entry for Jewish Museum in Sobibór – the place where during the II World War Jewish people were killed. The place should memorieze these people.


Open Architekci

Retail Centre Metropolis

Poznań, Poland

Design team: Open Architekci + Marta Musiał

Client: Echo Investment


GFA: 93 000 m²