October 13, 2010

Regional architecture in Poland – Zakopane Style otherwise Witkiewicz Style

Hi bloggers
Today I would like to share with you an information about the style in regional Polish architecture, which is kept in my country from above hundred years.
The Zakopane Style was introduced to architecture by Stanisław Witkiewicz in the nineteenth century, and we can now find fragments of this style in present buildings. The name of the style comes from the name of the place where this style first appeared in buildings – Zakopane. Now, it is a popular touristy city comprising within  Tatry mountains. Unfortunatelyk, many tourists do not return the attention on this beautiful wooden architecture.

In the nineteenth century, Zakopane was a small village. In 1890, Stanislaw Witkiewicz settled in Zakopane. He is a painter, architect and theoretician of the art who has extended this city. He imitated on góral (the occupants of mountains) traditional building, and he added  to these the elements of secession. Witkiewicz extended the country hut so that the magnificent villa came into being. Villas were placed on high underpinning brick stones. Walls were adorned with bas-reliefs and floral and geometrical patterns. A veranda called przyłap, and a little room on the loft – wyglądy – were the different characteristic element of houses. The Zakopane style was proclaimed national style. The Witkiewicz’s  style found his imitators in different cities, not only on mountain terrains. In this style also furniture, home equipments, clothes, articles from chinas, musical instruments and souvenirs were made. The elements of góral culture also influenced composers and writers works.

At present,  museums commemorating former customs of the inhabitants of the mountains are located in ancient villages, and it is possible to examine  both traditional dresses and furniture and equipment of flats.

If  in your country there are some interesting local styles/details, please share observations about them!

By Marta Norenberg
Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate – October 2010


  1. We are utilizing this beautiful architectural style in an alpine project, a compound to be built in the high Sierra Mtns, north of Lake Tahoe, in California. The compound will be appropriately named Zakopane, and we will be incorporating European wood and stone carvings. Please contact me if you would like to know more.

    Comment by Paul R. Bolt — November 19, 2010 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

    • Dear Mr. Paul R. Bolt,
      thank you very much for sharing this information with us. Marta – the author of the Zakopane Style article – is back to Poland as she finished her University Delegate Progam with us in Florence. However, we will certainly be in contact with her and you by email – so that you can possibly further information on this style with her. Moreover, it would be interesting if you would like to write a short article/note about your project to be connected to this article.

      FYI, you can reach us at

      Alessandra Brignola
      Life Beyond Tourism Area Promozione e Web Marketing

      Comment by bloglbt — November 22, 2010 @ 11:55 am | Reply

    • Hi Marta,
      Thanks for your post- I am an enthusiast of the wooden architecture specially Zakopane style. Currently I am preparing presentation for Montreal libraries “Along the Wooden Architecture Route in southern Poland” and also organize photography workshops in Zakopane (renting such a beautiful house). For more photo or information check my website

      Paul , I would love to get more information about this Sierra Mountain project. How can I get it?
      Maria Korab-Laskowska

      Comment by Maria Korab-Laskowska — December 12, 2010 @ 4:39 am | Reply

      • Hi Maria,
        thank you for writing! Please also write to if you would like to submit us an article about any Zakopane’s example/project to be published on our blog!


        Life Beyond Tourism

        Comment by bloglbt — December 13, 2010 @ 10:52 am

  2. Check the other Zakopane style’s article at this link

    Comment by bloglbt — December 13, 2010 @ 11:07 am | Reply

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