Anna Patronowicz

Faculty of Interior Design

Allotment with no boundaries – adaptation of ROD’s terrain in Lublin

degree piece done alongside with Alicja Skowrońska


minor degree

The degree piece concerns Family Allotment Gardens (ROD), their functioning and future in city centres. We chose Lublin, which is particularly close to us, because we value local design. Gardens without borders is a conceptual project that assumes new ways of using Family Allotment Gardens’s terrain. The gradual transformation of land occurs with respect for the history of the place and concern for the natural environment. The primary message of changes was the openness of the new space to people, regardless of age or degree of disability.

Water is an element inseparably connected with human life. It assumes various sizes, appearances and states. It gives life and takes life away. River sets its own direction, changes its shape, slows down and speeds up. We – people – are small and weak towards it.

The picture is formed as a result of moving a glass curved surface. As a consequence of rotation, the straight line starts to fluctuate. The movement of water puts us in a state of hypnosis. The vertical projection is aimed at showing the scale of the human being in relation to the river.

Born 1994. Studies: Faculty of Interior Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2015–2020). Scholarship of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts (2019/20). She works in interior, furniture and public space design.

Allotment with no boundaries – adaptation of ROD’s terrain in Lublin

supervisor: Prof. Jerzy Bogusławski

Very rarely do I come across projects that are not finite by definition, because they allow for their variability in the lapse of time. It is not the design of a project that needs a certain time to come into being, but an action that allows for the fourth dimension in the space being organised. The aim is to change the way in which the areas of the Family Allotment Gardens in Lublin are managed, by organising their space through transforming land ownership. It is very rare to think about the legal status of individual plots changing over time as an element shaping the city’s development. This action allowed the designers to propose a new function for this area: the Royal Pond, which reminds us of the rivers and pond that existed there in the past. This memory of the old city is not a step back, but a step towards the future giving hope and suggesting that we do not have to destroy in order to create. The whole idea of the design focuses on granting the space under development to inhabitants of Lublin, including both the space built up with summer houses that can easily be transformed into exhibition or workshop spaces and new recreational areas.

The second unique feature of this diploma is that it was elaborated by two degree candidates: Anna Patronowicz and Alicja Skowrońska. Group work is surely a natural way of preparing an architectural concept, but the preparation of a cohesive project concept requires huge design maturity. The authors fulfilled perfectly the difficult criteria they had imposed upon themselves, and the presented degree piece will certainly be an important element of the discussion on shaping space.


supervisor: Dr Zuzanna Sadowa

Anna Patronowicz’s lively reflection on the phenomenon of water – its smoothness, fluctuation, continuity and the determined tendency of its course – manifested itself in the impressive gesture of setting its energy in a vertical dimension. In its internal language and axis mundi figure, the video installation refers to the line as a vertical axis, straight in its minimalistic motion, drifting and meandering in a picture made of water and glass. The ordinary daily phenomenon observed by the author – a line bent by the refraction effect – gains a new dimension of a discreet drawing in her work and, at the same time, resonates as a monumental performance.