The Opole Silesia Museum in collaboration with the Opole chapter of the Society of Polish Architects announced on 27 April 2022 the results of an architectural design competition to develop an architectural and urban concept for the expansion of the Uprising Museum in Góra św. I.
The submitted works were evaluated by a jury made up of: Piotr Lewicki (architect, SARP Kraków), chairperson of the competition jury, Dariusz Bajno (Opole Silesia Museum), Iwona Wilczek (architect, SARP Opole), Marcin Gałkowski (architect, SARP Opole), Mariusz Tenczyński (architect, SARP Opole), Małgorzata Adamowicz – Nowacka (architect, SARP Opole), Marek Nowacki (architect, SARP Opole).
A new look in a unique place
Uprising Museum in Góra św. Anna, it will be expanded with a new wing; After the era of large investments in cultural facilities of this type, there are now much fewer projects in Poland, and it can be seen that public investors, especially local governments, began to focus on the search for buildings for social activities, centers of local activity, centers of resident activation. Even projects involving supra-regional facilities, such as the expansion of the theater in Sosnowiec, the memorial site at the former camp in Treblinka or the headquarters of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, are now smaller and in a more modest form. The organizers of the competition to expand the Museum of the Intifada in Jura O. I. Not so much because of financial savings, but because of the tendency to cut things down to measure and to avoid unnecessary extravagance, both in size and shape, which is so prevalent in architecture today, and this object was, as stated in the regulations: Taking into account both the nature of the project and its suitability with the surrounding environment and landscape in terms of architecture and urban planning, and it must contain innovative elements taking into account the economic conditions determined by the employer.In addition, the project and the designers were expected, inter alia, to “.Protection of the natural environment, heritage and cultural goods, (…) formation of public spaces, (…) transport services, determination of the regulation of traffic, pedestrian routes, bicycle paths, public transport facilities, and parking spaces“.
Hidden expansion of the scene
Among the submitted projects, the jury decided to select two, in recognition of the first and second prizes, and award four equal prizes.
The first prize was awarded to P2PA Studio (Team of Authors: Alexander Plecharski, Bowie Florn, Maciej Marsza, Jakob Podgorski, Maciej Poblawski) for a project that assumed partial concealment of the cubes underground. It was proposed to cover the above-ground parts with stones and equip them with green roofs, thanks to which they are better combined with the landscape. This is how the architects themselves describe their project: “The design concept (…) emphasizes both natural and anthropogenic aspects. The goal of the project is to reflect the symbolism of the uprisings in the object in a way that does not disturb or dominate the relationship with the surrounding landscape. (…) The designed facility utilizes and enhances the values of the surrounding nature and emphasizes the importance of the existing Polish house. He respects his immediate surroundings and tries to be in tune with the context. It allows connection with the landscape and provides a space in which the historical significance of the historic building can resonate. Looking down the hill, the new part of the building is almost invisible, gently emerging from the slope. The platforms are drowned in greenery and fall along with a natural slope, which allowed the introduction of distinctive linear lighting to their interiors. The museum expansion was designed based on respect for not only the size and nature of the buildings in the St. Anna, but also for the historical building. It uses and enhances the values of the surrounding nature and emphasizes the importance of the existing Polish house, giving a space where its historical significance can resonate.“.
Second prize in an architectural and urban concept competition for the expansion of the Uprising Museum in Jura O. Anna awarded to studio MOC Architekci (Team consisting of: Ewa Janek, Biagej Janek, Julia Nicodim); including. “In appreciation of the spatial research, which resulted in an interesting composition of a building carved into the landscape. The proposed solution includes a building divided into several cubic solids, largely etched into the terrain, benefiting the cubing of the existing Polish house“.
Equivalent prizes were awarded to the following teams: Aleksander Wadas Studio Zygmunt Borawski
01 Architects Roksana Przepiórkowska – Puchała
JAZ + Architekci Żmijewski Jaworski SC Jaworski
Source: sarp.opole.pl, p2pa.pl