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“Tomasz Urbanowicz has the advantage over most glass artists of having graduated as an architect, while also having studied stained glass. He and his wife Beata, who is also a qualified architect, founded their own studio in 1987 in Wroclaw, Poland, to make glass art for architecture. Despite having started in stained glass Urbanowicz became increasingly involved in developing the techniques of moulding, fusing and pigmenting glass. His work has a rugged earthiness that is quite distinctive, and different from textures that are more commonly seen in slumped glass.

It is curious how the very boldness of the medium makes the analysis of the design element difficult. Much of Urbanowicz’s glass looks as if its texture simply arrived that way by means of some natural process. Sometimes the colours, as in the Holstein Brewery project, look as if they are more an accidental by-product of the process than a carefully calculated colour scheme that works with the space. In his work it is often the details that the eye fails to perceive easily that are the secret ingredient that gives his work that indefinable quality of excellence. (…)

Tomasz Urbanowicz has done scupltures, mouldings for architectural details, classical columns, semicircular window recesses, and cast stonework. His work involves all the skills of the painter, the sculptor, and the architectural glass artist, and is almost evenly split between private and public commission.”

– Andrew Moor, „Colours of Architecture: Coloured Glass in Contemporary Buildings”, London 2006

How do we create glass art in architecture?

CREATIVE PROCESS - FROM DESIGN TO REALITY

„Big Bang” sculpture at the Campus of the University of Bialystok, Poland

Artist & Team

TOMASZ URBANOWICZ

CEO | Artist | Architect | Creator

Tomasz Urbanowicz is an architect and artist – creator of large-scale artistic glass compositions in architecture. For over 30 years he has been successfully running his own glass design atelier ARCHIGLASS.

His unique glass compositions can be found in many prestigious buildings such as European Parliament in Strasbourg, The Supreme Court in Warsaw or The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok.

Glass sculptures by Tomasz Urbanowicz represented Poland on the EXPO World Fairs – EXPO 2000 in Germany, EXPO 2005 in Japan and EXPO 2008 in Spain.

In 2016 awarded the Honorary Graduate Award by Wroclaw University of Technology.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Photo by Rafał Lipski

Konrad Urbanowicz

Architect | Designer

Konrad Urbanowicz is an architect, a PhD student at Wroclaw University of Technology. He studied on technical universities in Poland, Germany and Spain.

His designs’ characteristics are based on the combination of various scales in order to create spatial objects of a certain function and a consistent aesthetic nature.

In 2015 awarded the Best Graduate of Architecture Department Award at Wroclaw University of Technology.

Photo by Rafał Lipski

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