MUSEUM COMPLEX ON THE WARSAW CITADEL/ THE MUSEUM OF POLISH HISTORY
TYPE OF DEVELOPMENT: PUBLIC USE
INVESTOR: THE MUSEUM OF POLISH HISTORY
LOCATION: WARSAW, ŻOLIBORZ DISTRICT, CITADEL, DYMIŃSKA STREET
DATE: 2016- 2017
GROSS VOLUME: OK. 432 340 m3
TOTAL AREA: OK. 53 688 m2
NET AREA: OK. 44 700 m2
COOPERATION: WSP, RS ARCHITEKTURA KRAJOBRAZU
GROUND FLOORS: 4
UNDERGROUND FLOORS: 1
NUMBER OF PARKING PLACES FOR ALL COMPLEX: 691
MAGDALENA J. NOWAK
THE MUSEUM OF POLISH HISTORY WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST MODERN MUSEUMS IN POLAND AND IN EUROPE, WITH EXPECTED ANNUAL VISITOR FIGURES OF AROUND 500,000.
IT WILL BE A PLACE FOR MULTIDIMENSIONAL CONTACT WITH POLISH HISTORY, A PLACE FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION, FOR ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE AND COMING INTO CONTACT WITH CULTURE – A SOCIAL HUB
The building’s architecture comprises a very consciously built narration. Etched in stone in contemporary form, it is a tale of the layering of history, of discoveries, and of the uncovering of manifold meanings of the past, of openness, and of freedom ̶ the watchword of the Museum. The stone structure will refer to the build-up of time forging the very matter of history. The large windows on the exhibition floor and glazed openings between the ground floor “city” blocks extending into a network of interrelated spaces within its interiors are a materialisation of the concept of openness and friendliness of the Museum, of discoveries, of multidimensional approaches to history, of the freedom of choice of paths of cognition, and of creating personal narrations. The glazed openings in the building’s facade are also a way of communicating to the surroundings any ongoing activities taking place in various parts of the Museum. Light, both natural, flooding in from the outside through the structure’s openings, and artificial, comprises one of the key tools in shaping the Museum’s atmosphere, penetrating and visually joining its internal spaces.