"Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block": Polish modernism in paper cut-out models

From architecture to illustration

by Valentina Ieva
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"Blok Wschodni / Eastern Block" is a series of paper cut-out models, created by Zupagrafika, representing various modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland. The whole collection is eco-friendly and it is made from 100% recycled paper and carton.

Each building is hand-drawn and includes a short technical note on its architects, year of construction and exact location. The complete collection is edited and distributed by Zupagrafika and can be ordered online from their site or purchased in bookshops and concept stores around Poland.

The concept behind this collection is an attempt at understanding the city from its outskirts towards the centre, from a reverse perspective, as well as emphasizing the equally significant role both the anonymous and very recognizable architecture has got in shaping the city`s identity. 

The series is made up of iconic examples of functional architecture (Rotunda PKO), some less classic buildings, however, familiar to the city dwellers (Za Żelazną Bramą district, Smolna 8, Mokotów district), as well as "Wielka Płyta" prefab bloks from the outskirts (Tarchomin and Pulawska district).


Photo credits: (c) Zupagrafika

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Project in behance http://bit.ly/1g0QwKT


  • Valentina Ieva

    Valentina Ieva


    Bari / Italy

    Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)