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December 10, 2010

Zakopane Style lands in California, USA

Hi bloggers,

do you remember Marta Norenberg’s article on Polish architectural Zakopane style!?? If not, check it out at this link because we have discovered that a brand-new Zakopane-styled-cottage is under construction in Sierra Nervadas in California (USA), 40 miles north of  Lake Tahoe! The place is called Grizzly Ranch.

On November 19th 2010, Paul R. Bolt commented on Marta’s article informing us about the project, as well as about its architectural connections with European carvings. As Paul explained: “we are utilizing this beautiful architectural style in an alpine project, a compound to be built in the high Sierra Mtns […]. The compound will be appropriately named Zakopane, and we will be incorporating European wood and stone carvings.” The team is travelling and reasearching among European and Asian architectural sites, in order to carefully reproduce the style’s details.

The project is currently in the final planning phases. Constuction of the first building will be starting on April 2011, and will consists of a 200 square meter Caretaker’s Cabin. Architectural style of the Tatras Mtns will be used; and an European-styled-wood carvings executed in the village of Jepara (Java, Indonesia) will be incorporated.  In addition, antique stone flooring from several temples in China, as well as stone carvings from several workshops in Xiamen, Fujian Province, China will be part of the decoration.
In Stage Two – Paul specifies – “we will construct a Main Hall of 600 square meters with grand stone fireplace, formal eating and kitchen areas, and multiple bunk room/sleeping areas for guests.”

Production is by “a world-class architectural firm from Bozeman, Montana, called Pearson Design Group. Larry Pearson and his team are perhaps the number one design team in North America, when it comes to log and stone.  Because of their involvement, the entire project will be promoted and printed in magazines and books around the world.”

Thank you Paul, we will certainly keep in touch throghout the process, and we are looking forward to see the final realization of the Grizzly Ranch!

Article by Alessandra Brignola

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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

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