ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture was established by Voytek Gorczynski in 2000, following 15-year period of working as a Senior Designer and Senior Associate for several major Toronto corporate architectural offices.
The Studio was maintained until 2009 as a vehicle for exploring projects of interest and taking part in design competitions worldwide. As of February 2009 it has been transformed into full time and full-fledged architectural practice. The Studio's collaborative environment and its search for the highest quality, is expressing the commitment of the founder to the architecture as an art form and exploratory process resulting in creation of memorable spaces and spatial experiences. The underlying foundation of the Studio is the notion that all architectural interventions should conceptually converse with their physical, cultural and metaphysical context in order to arrive at their final manifestation.
The past experience of Voytek Gorczynski included numerous local and international projects. Many of them received recognition in closed and open design competitions. Among some of his professional achievements was a special prize in an open international design competition for the Theatre Complex in Nara, Japan, second place in an invited competition for the design of the Luxury Condominium (Palazzo Mantegazza) in Lugano, Switzerland and winning an invited design competition for the renovation of 100 University Office Building in Toronto. He was one of the principal designers of the winning entry in the international design competition for Jingtai Logistic Masterplan in Beijing, China. He was also one of the principal designers of the winning proposal for The Windsor Casino in Windsor, Ontario.
In 2002 Voytek Gorczynski was the project architect and the principal designer of the New Canadian Chancery building in Warsaw, Poland. He was awarded Mayor of Warsaw Award as well as a Special Citation from the Association of Polish Architects for design of this building along with WZMH Architects. Polish Business News Magazine named the New Canadian Chancery in Warsaw the "Best Building of the Year" in its annual survey of "The Best and Worst Buildings of 2001" in Poland.
Most recently Voytek Gorczynski was the principal designer of the winning entry in the invited international design competition for the Ozdilek Retail Complex in Istanbul, Turkey. in 2014 ASA has won closed design competition for the National Memorial to the Victims of Communism, which will be located in Canada's Capital.
The Studio is committed to sustainable design and incorporates in its design approach fundamental principles of sustainable buildings. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and suite of standards have informed the design of several recent projects. ABSTRAKT Studio is committed to the design that expresses the aspirations of their owners as well as functional requirements of their users.