Adam Mickiewicz Literature Museum in Warsaw
investor: Marshall’s Office for Masovian District
stage: project entered for competition
space: 3400 sqm
awards: 1st prize in SARP architectural design competition
The object consisting of six historic town houses restored with a multifunctional room added as an extension to the site. Warsaw’s Old Town (listed as UNESCO historic spot) is a place with constantly growing number of cultural hubs and institutions like museums. Before the World War II this part of the Old Town was filled with small courtyards separated by town buildings. In the 40’s and 50’s the frontage of most of the buildings was reconstructed but behind it still underdeveloped courtyards were hidden creating an open- access space. The only exception to this rule is the Museum’s existing areaway which divides the block in two separate parts. The concept is to design a type of extension which will benefit an uninhibited and free pathway between parts of the block creating a part of “trail of historical museums”.The courtyard’s open space, separated from the noisy market square would then be used as an extension to the Museum and serve as additional room. A new, functional philosophy was proposed retaining all crucial elements from the restoration time.
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