Oskar Zięta : NAWA

A UFO seems to have landed in Wrocław (Poland) ... No risk, however, to see little green men come out, in fact a work of designer and architect Oskar Zięta imagined as part of the revitalization of the island located on the Daliowa River. An organic and brilliant achievement that acts as an allegory of the region, a bridge between past and future.

Designed from FiDU, a parametric modeling software invented by Zięta, the voluptuous curves are made of 35 bionic steel arches with a mirror-polished finish. Its silhouette refers to that of its environment reflected on its walls. Although futuristic, the sculpture is inspired by the arched constructions of iconic Gothic buildings in Wrocław. The set takes place in a formerly abandoned space, promising to turn this place into a meeting place where various events will take place: concerts, artistic events or speeches of all kinds.


The structure was developed in a former shipyard in which each of the NAWA elements were cut, welded and inflated by pumping compressed air and transported to the dedicated site where everything was assembled.

True connection between the historical heritage of the surroundings of the Daliowa River and the future of architectural works, the ensemble has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2019, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.

A project that legitimizes a little more the election of Wrocław as European Capital of Culture 2016.

To learn more, visit the site of Oskar Zięta

Photographs: Oskar Zięta

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