Museum Of Literature

The Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature, Warsaw

Investor: The Office of the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship
Phase: detiled design
Date: 2015
Usable area: 5370 sqm
Awards: 1st prize in SARP architectural competition

Konrad Basan
Paweł Dadok
Maria Roj

In cooperation with:
Michał Rogowski
Mariusz Maury

The design pertains to the renovation of the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw – six historic tenement houses and their extension with a new multi-functional space.

An increasing number of cultural institutions, including museums, located in the area of Warsaw Old Town are being entered onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Before the war, this part of the city was filled with buildings with small separate courtyards in outbuildings. In the 1940s and 1950s the frontages were restored, but the quarters were undeveloped internally, forming open yards. The exception to the rule adopted at that time is the present connector of the Museum of Literature, which divides the quarter interior into two parts. The design proposes a similar extension, which allows for a free passage between the currently cut-off parts of the quarter and the creation of an “Old Town Museum Trail”. We see the possibility of further development of the Museum In the open space of the courtyard, separated from the bustling Market Square. We have also proposed a new functional program in historic tenement houses, preserving and emphasizing elements from the times of reconstruction .