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Peter Kuczia

Peter Kuczia is Architect Ph.D of KUCZIA Architect, where his work is a reflection of completely new ideas that will break our stereotypes of thinking.

Interview with the 2019 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Peter Kuczia

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your design background.

Peter Kuczia is an educator and expert in ecological constructions with more than twenty years of experience. In 2008 he completed his Ph.D. dissertation on solar architecture in Germany. He is an author of ‘Educating Buildings – Learning Sustainability through Displayed Design’. He has been awarded multiple international prizes, including International Design Award (US), Iconic Award (DE), DNA Paris Design Awards (FR), LICC London Creative Competition (UK), German Design Award (DE), a national nomination to the MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD for European Architecture, and many others.

His work has been exhibited and published around the world. He is a jury member in international competitions and initiator and curator of the Design that Educates Awards.

2To you, what makes a “good” design?

I believe in progress and human creativity, and that the solutions of the future will not be an interpolation of those of today, but will be completely new ideas that will break our stereotypes of thinking.

3Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

I always focus on the task and try to do without everything I think is not necessary for the project.

4Tell us about your design process.

Although the design process is always a result of long search for the right answers to the task, I am sure It always requires also a portion of intuition right at the beginning. And it is important to turn our brains on and look for solutions on our own.

5Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

I'm pretty convinced that cultural heritage has a huge impact on the design process and its outcomes. Being a judge in international competitions I am often confronted with the cultural differences of competition entries. But I see it as an enrichment, not an obstacle.

6Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2019 MUSE Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

Like many other metropolises, Beijing has a great number of footbridges traversing busy arteries. They are often unattractive, downgrading the overall urban impression.

Our idea of cladding the unsightly pedestrian bridges with aesthetic, power generating photovoltaic modules and converting them into appealing city spots is not only sustainable but creates sculptural diversity that becomes a cityscape eye-catcher. The footbridges can serve as landmarks in the city: “Let´s meet under the Pagoda Footbridge”.

E-car and e-bike charging stations under the footbridges directly utilize the locally generated solar power. Eye-catching PV structures make the e-charging and e-sharing points easy locatable for the users.

The system has been developed for existing structures but it is just as well to apply for new structures. Electricity harvested from the sun can be used on the spot for the illumination, the elevators, escalators or air-condition (100% eco-energy). The integrated solar panels gradually pay themselves off.

7What was the biggest challenge with this project?

We propose more than just an addition of various design objects. Our goal was to create an integrated system of sustainable urban structures with distinguishable visual appearance which will shape the cityscape.

Winning Entries

Solar Activation of Footbridges for Beijing | 2019

Peter Kuczia | Modern Architecture Design
The applied AVANCIS thin-film modules produce electricity under the most unfavorable weather and site conditions. They are very light...
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