Primarily based in Poland, Zupagrafika is a inventive writer and design studio run by Hispanic-Polish duo, David Navarro and Martyna Sobecka. Since 2012, Zupagrafika have printed award-winning “construct your personal” architectural books showcasing their favourite Modernist and Brutalist buildings from the previous Japanese Bloc and past. For half a decade, the design duo have been engaged on a photograph sequence—titled The Tenants—which paperwork inhabitants exterior of their post-war Modernist estates, proudly holding miniature, illustrated paper fashions of their buildings.
The pair traveled to varied housing estates—in places together with Berlin, Chisinau, Halle Neustadt, Katowice, London, Paris, Poznan, Rostock, St. Petersburg, Wroclaw, and Warsaw. The topics have been requested to face in entrance of their constructing and maintain a miniature paper model, full with finite particulars reminiscent of tiny home windows, satellite tv for pc dishes, and graffiti tags. In some instances, the portraits have been taken at a time when the residents have been unclear about the way forward for their houses attributable to demolition plans. “They’ll ultimately make us transfer out…I’m not afraid of modifications, I simply hope I can afford them,” says Shamim, who lived on the third flooring of Robin Hood Gardens, an iconic Brutalist constructing in London. Sadly, in the present day the constructing not stands.
Different photographs seize dwellers who’ve lived in the identical constructing for many of their life, and nonetheless reside there to today, reminiscent of Eduardo, who has lived in Paris’ Orgues de Flandre high-rise constructing for the previous 30 years. He says he would not transfer to another flat within the metropolis, although “the neighborhood modified significantly within the ‘90s and isn’t that secure anymore” and “the brand new neighbors are typically noisy after 10 p.m.” One other instance is Wiesław, from the star-shaped Gwiazdy property in Poland who nonetheless remembers the primary day he entered his new house in late ‘70s. As quickly as he noticed the panorama of Katowice metropolis from his high flooring flat he knew it was house. “I’ll always remember this view, we had all of the amenities, it felt so trendy,” he stated.
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The Tenants photograph sequence by Zupagrafika paperwork inhabitants exterior of their post-war, Modernist estates, proudly holding miniature, illustrated paper fashions of their buildings.
In some instances, the portraits have been taken at a time when the residents have been unclear about the way forward for their houses attributable to demolition plans.
My Fashionable Met granted permission to make use of pictures by Zupagrafika.