Working in the fields of urbanism and architecture, Kraków-based BudCud’s projects range in size and complexity from small scale work, like the FluFlu shop interior, to large scale competition-winning urban design proposals, such as Housing Loop. Co-founder Mateusz Adamczyk and Agata Wozniczka talk about BudCud.
BudCud, what’s the story behind the name?
In Poland, mostly all companies that are working in the construction business are called BUD. BUD is a short version of the word BUDOWAC, which means in Polish “to build”. These type of name for a company was very popular in early 90s. Every company in Poland was INTER…, MAX, EXPORT…., IMPORT… etc. very cosmopolitan and for the
whole building industry they used BUD… CUD in polish means “miracle”. The combination is funny and a kind of a cliche. Anyway I think now it wasn’t the best idea because some clients don’t find us serious enough.
How and when did BudCud start up?
BudCud started in 2007 when me and Michal Palej had just graduated from architecture faculty. Before we were doing our internships in the Netherlands and we knew that we don’t want to work in big office in Kraków. On other hand, we wanted to stay in the city, so we started to work on our own. It was a very productive and optimistic time then and there was a plenty of work. We did a lot of project which none of them was finally
realized, and did a few successful competitions. Now Michal is teaching and I teamed up with Agata Wozniczka. We met in 2010 and from that time we continue our work together in Budcud. We work on competitions as well as commissions.
What was BudCud’s first project?
The first project that we did as students, still together with
Michal, was Schindler Access for All competition. We got mentioned in it.
Straight after we started to work on a few more competitions and we were doing design study and then building permission
for a multifunctional pavilion in small town near Krakow. Unfortunately, the owner had sold the site and the project shut down.
What do you get out of working together? and what keeps you together?
We understand each other quite well and we have similar ambitions and intuition about what we want to develop in our designs. The process of working with someone is the most productive and you always learn a lot from that other person, even if the beginning of co-working seems hard. It’s a matter of trust and being open on other people opinions. We know that it is better to work in a bigger group (the more fresh ideas and
different views, the better), so we collaborate with other professionals and offices quite often. We did that from the beginning and we continue until now. Almost all of our projects are done like these.
What do your projects have in common?
Most of our projects share some similarities considering treatment of public space. Something basic for us in a way we see architecture. There was this kind of space, we mean the surrounding, ‘the outside’, from the beginning of architecture and even before. We see a potential of treating the design site in basic way that could be defined as a kind of undefined natural landscape more than a man build infrastructure – and we also see our buildings that way. We don’t emphasize the difference between the building and its surroundings—we are treating them both with the same attention. We handle them
both with care.
Nowadays we usually work with very small budget, so we try to keep it simple and rational, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or mundane. Project sizes vary from small to big, but we are quite comfortable with all scales for now. We say ‘less is more’- the less money we have to spend on the project, the more effort or fantasy we shall put!