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UNDER ONE SKY | Centrala

March 23, 2010

UNDER ONE SKY is the name that the studio CENTRALA gave to their competition entry for The Polish History Museum in 2009. As they say, The Polish History Museum may be conceived as an essential reference point for creating the image of the entire country. The light, airy roof over the large space beside the Museum will emphasise the openness, inclusiveness and coexistence of traditions, present in the image of Poland that the Museum is to project.

On May 4th 2009, The Polish Minister for Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, and the Museum of Polish History announce an international competition for the design of a Museum of Polish History in Warsaw.

The aim of the competition was to select the architectural concept for the future museum. With a surface area of 20 000 m2, the museum will be located in the Jazdow neighbourhood close to the riverbank of the Vistula (or Wisla) river called “Skarpa Warszawska” river and vast prestigous parks a significant aspect of Warsaw’s identity.

The project presented by CENTRALA is focused on the statement that points that the Museum is a new institution, and one of crucial importance, the design of which requires action on a scale consistent with its rank. At the same time, it is essential to respect its neighbouring Zamek Ujazdowski – the castle itself and its spatial environment, the King Stanislaus Axis. Action on the scale of a multi-spatial design offers a chance to redesign the structural perception of this particular area of Warsaw.

Park Europa, a new space with clearly delineated boundaries and a strong aesthetic identity, has been isolated at the boundary area of two distinct zones: of embassies and of historic gardens. This has been possible due to the new compositional element: Nowa Agrykola, a new descent route towards the area below the Embankment and a thoroughfare specially dedicated to the Museum. This arrangement is complementary to the Axis and does not disrupt spatial hierarchies, yet it remains autonomous.

The core concepts of the spatial design are to reduce the overground segment of the building to the pavilion under the roof, which will house the visitor service area, seminar area and offices, and to locate the exhibition areas and the infrastructure in the underground segment of the building.

The roof is a metaphor of the “one sky”, which was for centuries shared by one and all the citizens of the multi-cultural Republic, and at the same time it represents a protective vault, shielding and sheltering the modern-day agora – a space for meetings, conversations and discussions over Poland’s turbulent history.

The authors are: Centrala – arch. Krzysztof Banaszewski + arch. Małgorzata Kuciewicz + arch. kraj. Robert Nowicki
In co-operationwith Zygmunt Fit, Tomasz Gancarczyk, Borys Lewandowski and Krzysztof Syruć


For more info visit CENTRALA web-site.

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