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Location: Hrabina Water Reservoir

The Hrabina Reservoir is located in the western part of the town of Český Těšín, in the area between the road bypassing the town to the Chotěbuz border crossing and the road leading from Havířov through Český Těšín to the town of Třinec. Lípová Street and the main road to Havířov or Ostravská Street lead to the dam. The reservoir was built in the Hrabina Valley on the Hrabinka River in 1953 and covers an area of less than 9 hectares. The reservoir is mainly used for flood protection, sport fishing and recreational purposes.

The dam was built in the 1950s as a recreational area for the inhabitants of Český Těšín. Construction works were carried out by the Třinecké stavby company in 1953. The reservoir was surrounded by beaches, there was a restaurant and a clubhouse of the boating club of Třinec Ironworks. In 1962, the first fishing competitions were held there

TASK- to create angler spot

The Mood for Wood design workshop created a piece of furniture, an angler’s stand, which fishing enthusiasts will use, and elderly residents of Cieszyn who often come to fish on the banks of the Hrabinka River. The facility can also be used for annual fishing competitions.

The group  designed 2 small fishing pitches on the two banks of the Hrabina damm


  • each of the designed pitches should be intended for use by 1-2 people;
  • the angler’s stand should be thought of in terms of a comfortable use of the facility for fishing and should offer both a seating element (seat with backrest?), allowing angling and waiting in a seated position, and a space in the form of a platform, allowing angling in a standing position;
  • the facility should include space to lay out the fishing equipment and ergonomically reach for the necessary items; it is possible to include in the design an element to act as a small table;
  • the facility should be as functional as possible for fishing as well as an attractive place for resting by the water;
  • the angler’s stand should be located in such a way as to enable good access to the water and the possibility to sit on the edge of the platform and fish from this position. 
  • an additional advantage in the design will be the inclusion of the scenic qualities of the location and allow for the creation of not only a functional angling facility but a facility to admire the surrounding nature;
  • the fishing area should be designed with the user’s ability to quiet down and concentrate in mind;
  • if possible, the structure of the facility can be augmented with a canopy, allowing the use of the stand in different weather conditions;
  • the angler’s stand should fit in with the surrounding landscape in terms of form and finish, should not dominate in scale and should have a minimalist, functional but not literal form;
  • the two designed pitches should be in a well thought-out compositional relationship with each other; the facility should be suitable for use by the elderly.


The designed piece of furniture is a type of a pier with facilities for anglers, it provides a connection between the walking path and the shore of the reservoir, a place to sit and a small roof. The structure consists of the main platform with a length of 6.5 m and a smaller one suspended in cantilever over the water. Transverse beams support doubled columns with modular spacing. Between the tallest pillars there is a roof that provides shelter on rainy days. The pier starts at the pavement level, which makes it easier for people with disabilities to access. Due to the slope of the terrain, it changes its height and can be used as a sitting area below. The platform is also equipped with special shelves with hangers, which allow for hanging bags, among other things. They form a characteristic graphic composition on the structure of the pier. 

Student participiants:

Kristián Vnučko, Jeremi Mroziński, Mateusz Robak, Józef Wierzbowski, Maria Kwiatkowska, Michalina Zesławska, Aleksandra Szczębara

Tutor: Archigrest

Architects from Poland

Marcin Maraszek + Maciej Kaufman

Archigrest about themselves: „We are architects. We have been working together since 2008 and as Archigrest since 2015. We have gained experience in Paris, London, Berlin and Warsaw. Currently, our studio consists of 7 young architects. We engage in research, unusual educational projects and workshops. We are inspired by the „ruins of the future”: unrealised and forgotten visions of a better tomorrow, stalled construction sites and abandoned spaces taken over by „fourth nature”. Our work is based on solid research and local conditions, so we form interdisciplinary expert teams for specific tasks. We design parks, squares, estates, public buildings, houses, exhibitions, home interiors and shops. We have won several architectural competitions. We operate mainly in Warsaw, where we are designing/building two parks on post-industrial sites. Maciej teaches at the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology.”