Location: Autistic house

The Autistic House Foundation was founded by a group of parents of teenagers attending a school for children with autism at the Z. Tylewicz School and Educational Centre in Poznań. Its main goal is to secure the future of completely dependent autistic children – after completing education, and above all in the period after the death of their parents. The facility is also open to other adults with autism. The Foundation conducts daily classes for people from Poznań and the surrounding area, organizes respite stays, and animates the cultural life of people with autism. The Autistic Home was built on land donated in perpetuity by the City of Poznań. The Foundation obtained the funds for the construction of the facility from EU funds, raising contributions during charity events.


During the meeting with the board of the Autistic Home Foundation, the location and nature of the elements was determined. The implemented elements should primarily enable the Foundation’s charges to be active.

Element next to the cycle site:

– fulfilling the role of a canopy over the bicycle space and the planned seating area,

– the element must be roofed but does not have to have walls,

– water from the canopy can be drained into the barrel,

– the material used to cover the canopy should not make noise (the acrylic used in the gazebo makes noise when it heats up, which disturbs the residents),


Element at the corner of the building:

– acting as an element of a suspended rocking bench or an element for hanging, balancing the body (swinging, swaying, hanging are the favourite activities of householders),

– The element must be robust and allow 2 adults to be active,

– in the case of a bench-cradle, the element must support and provide comfort,

– positioned so that it can possibly be observed from the windows of the building,


The objects were built in the shaded area of the site and consists of three individual modules. Placement of the first part is very special as it remains on the small hill that was created in memory of the one that used to be there before the building. Next to the hill, there already are two hammocks that provide an opportunity for residents to relax while staying active. Two other modules were placed in one line with them, right under the treetops.

Each of three structures serves a different yet coherent purpose. An open platform behind the corner of the building (D²) was filled with net woven by hand. It was designed to give a dynamic experience by enabling swaying and rocking motions, yet it also provides space for relaxation. C² (Combi deck) standing between the two different structures is a central piece that merges nets with flat surfaces, enhancing the interplay of sensory engagement for its users.The last one placed on the hill (T²) is supposed to let residents relax and feel united without keeping eye contact. It is also facing the clear white exterior wall that can be used for outdoor cinema. The shape of the seats resembles a combination between bleachers and deckchairs.

Student participants:

Drilon Azemi, Julia Bąk, Claudia Bode, Danylo Davydiuk, Stanisław Dawidziuk, Aleksandra Gospodarek, Marta Hajduk, Erik Hanke, Weronika Kuć, Diana Michiu


Architects from Poland

OBIEKT is an architectural practice based in Poznań currently directed by Jan Szymankiewicz and Mateusz Wojcieszek. The team at OBIEKT approaches each project with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to delivering surprising and functional designs. By carefully considering the needs and desires of their clients, OBIEKT crafts tailored solutions that blend practicality with creativity.
Jan Szymankiewicz
graduated from Architecture and Urbanism at University of the Arts in Poznan. He gained experience at NL Architects in Amsterdam and Coop Himmelblau in Vienna. Later he collaborated with OMA,
7478 and MVRDV in Rotterdam. He worked on various projects including public buildings, housing, infrastructure and interior design based in Europe, China and Middle East. He was involved in all project phases from concept design to design development.