studio architektoniczne kwadrat: the museum of the second world war in poland


the museum of the second world war in poland by studio architektoniczne kwadrat

studio architektoniczne kwadrat has received first prize in the competition to design
the museum of the second world war in poland. among the jurors was architect daniel liebskind.
the new museum will be located in gdansk, the city where the war broke out.

the jurors stated:
the huge building tactfully merges in the neighbourhood sharing the chance of becoming an icon
of gdańsk with the major historic elements around. the minimalist means of architectural expression
proposed by the authors gracefully blend the modern idea of the building with the historic background.
in its design, the innovative, huge-scale project makes use of the unique air of the city and transforms
it in a modern manner.  the colour and texture proposed in the design smoothly blend with the colours
of gdańsk giving the museum the power to pass the test of the 21.c century.

the design embraces an immense building, which serves varied purposes. dynamic, huge in scale,
the building carries an air of a sculpture created by the visitors.  it rises symbolically from the ground,
led by light, bold, simple placed geometry of the shipyard.  in this design, a rational vision of a public
facility meets the wealth of history.    it rings full sound, telling a story hard to chew for any generation,
the story we must never forget. the attractive body of the building cumulates emotions, portrays the terror
of war  without depriving us of hope. it does not leave its interpreters buried in the gloom of the difficult
topic.

the elegant pavilion, together with the obelisk nearby, squeezes into the ground and strikes the viewer
with light, creating a symbol of catastrophe and the surviving hope. the building will easily imprint itself
on the visitors minds, conveying and being an unforgettable experience, both due to its interior and exterior.
it will become a major feature on the plan of gdańsk, perfectly composed in space.

the well-organised and modern building combines an immense range of functions . it offers huge space
for permanent exhibitions, while remaining open for any displays in the future.  the visitors to and the residents
of the tri-city will love it as an attraction. the designed tower will play a major role in gaining an image of
the entire city, offering a fresh perspective view of gdańsk, which will enhance the museum’s valuable function
of a viewing point.

as a public space, the museum has the potential of a meeting  place for families, tourists, and acquaintances,
of taking in dozens of cars. it incorporates an ingenious concept with functionality.

this exceptionally designed museum of the second world war will become a major attraction. it will grow
to become a timeless symbol inscribed in the hearts of the people of gdańsk, poland, and europe.



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