Over the roofs of Wrocław

Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak

The works of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak have a special place in the post-war European architecture. Although limited by socialist reality standards, she was one of the few female architects in the twentieth century who managed to combine a formally strong and transparent in terms of functionality principle with a courageous design and construction. The actual value of these widely recognized and reviewed features becomes truly visible to observers when they looks at her buildings "in time and space" or more precisely - in time and scale.

prof. Andreas Wolf

The aim of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak’s works exhibition was to show how her buildings can look thanks to renovation. The graphic content is based on archival drawings, photographs and the author’s instructions – all in the way that Mrs. Jadwiga has accepted. The exhibition is a specific guideline for future renovation of her buildings. On one hand, it refers to the past and how the author perceived architecture, regardless of the reality in which she designed. On the other, these visualizations promise a better future for this unique architecture, so shamefully neglected today.

The exhibition consists of visualizations of her most important five buildings, prepared under the supervision of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak. Each object is illustrated with the author’s original description registered during an interview with Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak in 2012. Selected projects are presented in the form of 1:100 mock-up. The presentation has been complemented by articles from Polish and foreign press.

Architectural Unit

Foundation under the auspices of 

Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak