Concrete Nudes – The dissapearing Aesthetics of the Plattenbau / work in progress

Warsaw, Mazovia.
The prefabricated concrete panel building, once sought-after for its modern furnishings, is now disappearing from the urban landscape of Europe. In some regions the slab is torn down due to the shrinking population, whereas in Poland the original facades of concrete houses are passionately covered with a polystyrene layer of thermal insulation. These measures are not only based on thermal requirements.

Concrete Nudes is an attempt to make a visual inventory of the last original prefabricated concrete buildings in Poland. Furthermore, the pictures will question the aesthetic arguments for the redesign and insulation of the concrete façades. The images are scans of 4x5 S-W negatives.

Concrete Nudes
Zgorzelec, Lower Silesia
Wałbrzych, Lower Silesia
Opole, Opole
Kłodzko, Lower Silesia
Brzeg, Opole
Bolesławiec, Lower Silesia
Kłodzko, Lower Silesia
Rybnik, Upper Silesia
Wałbrzych, Lower Silesia