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Brutal Poland

Brutal Poland
Build Your Brutalist Polish People’s Republic
Zbuduj Swój Betonowy PRL

Hammer-shaped tower blocks, prefab panel housing units, cosmic flying saucers, raw concrete monoliths; these are some of the socialist-era constructions that reshaped the Polish urban landscapes destroyed during WWII.  

Explore the modernist and brutalist architecture erected in the former Polish People’s Republic and build some of its most striking edifices, from the massive housing estates of Warsaw, to the brutal Hotel Forum in Kraków.

The first part of Brutal Poland includes chapters with photographs and informative texts providing a valuable insight into the featured buildings and their history. The second part contains nine pre-cut and pre-folded models to press out and assemble with easy to follow instructions: all you need is glue. 

The book is bilingual (English & Polish) and includes a foreword by architectural historian Anna Cymer

9 press-out models to assemble:

Za Żelazną Bramą. Warsaw
Smolna 8. Warsaw
Hotel Forum. Kraków
‘Manhattan’. Łódź
Os. Orła Białego. Poznań
Falowiec. Gdańsk
Spodek. Katowice
Superjednostka. Katowice
Os. Plac Grunwaldzki. Wrocław

Now available in our webshop: zupagrafika.com/shop/brutal-poland

Author: Zupagrafika (David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka)
Photography: David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka (with the exception of Hotel Forum, vv.aa)
Illustration & design: David Navarro & Martyna Sobecka
Publisher: Zupagrafika 
Hardcover  |  88 pp  |   ISBN: 9788395057472
Copyright © Zupagrafika, 2020​​​​​​​. All rights reserved

Background info

The book compiles illustrated paper models created by Zupagrafika throughout the last decade, and an extensive photographic documentation of the Polish post-war architecture collected by David and Martyna. It is complete with new, unpublished photography and architectural models. All illustrations show original facades from before renovation showcasing elements added by the tenants, such as satellite dishes or graffiti. Zupagrafika would like to thank the tenants who kindly posed with the models in front of their homes: Mrs. Elfrida, Bożena, Małgorzata and Krystyna.
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Brutal Poland

Brutal Poland

Brutal Poland by Zupagrafika: A playful exploration of the socialist-era architecture erected in the former Polish People’s Republic. Build your Read More