warsaw cutout models recreate eastern block modernism 
all photos are courtesy of zupagrafika




the ‘eastern block’ or ‘blok wschodni’ collection by zupagrafika recreates modernist buildings dating from the era of communist rule in the form of paper cut-out models.  the series is comprised of iconic examples of functionalist architecture, including the rotunda PKO as well as other less notable examples of the periods characteristic styling such as: za zalazna, brama, smolna 8 and mokotow and wielka plyta.  each paper model is constructed from 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and includes the year of construction, architect and location. 

model of the za zelazna brama with the real life version in the background




zupagrafika’s series has been the recipient of various honors including the ‘must have 2014 award’ at the lòdz design festival and a nomination for the ‘good design award 2014 by the polish institute of industrial design. 

assembling the rotunda PKO

a fully assembled rotunda PKO, notice the detailed roofwork

model of the smolna 8 mid assembly

the entire ‘eastern bloc’ collection viewed from a street perspective

smolna 8 model on location with the original

detail of the smolna 8 model’s roofline

the za zelazna brama from the street perspective.



designboom has received this project through its ‘DIY submissions’ feature, which welcomes readers to submit their own work for publication. you can purchase this product, and many more original design items, on the designboom shop — our international, digital marketplace of specialized design merchandise.


edited by: trevor reed | designboom