International Music Centre in Żelazowa Wola

Investor: The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw
Phase: competition project
Date: 2018
Plot area: 17051 sqm
Usable area: 9480 sqm


The main assumption of the project was to harmoniously enter the Park’s context. The proposed form of the building, through simple rhythms, establishes a dialogue with the existing pavilions surrounding the layout of buildings and landscape elements in Żelazowa Wola – complementing the Monument Park. A low single-storey building incorporated into terrain, contains whole program proposed by the Investor.

A path leading through the footbridge to the foyer entrance of the Concert Hall has been proposed from the Park side. This solution creates a chance to connect the future MCM building with the park, providing music lovers with special opportunity to contemplate the garden while waiting for a concert, or an evening walk through park alleys after musical events.

The Concert Hall with the surrounding arcades accessible from the three-story foyer grows above the upper terrace. Music lovers during the concert break can admire the views of the surrounding fields and forests. The building establishes a relationship with the surroundings at each level, providing users with the opportunity to contact the Polish landscape, an significant source of inspiration for Fryderyk Chopin.

Inspiration of the natural landscape is visible in the designed garden on the foreground of the MCM. In particular, an emphasis has been placed on reduce interference the floodplain, leaving it to the rhythm of nature.

The future MCM complex will resound with music from many scenes and halls. The assumption when creating the structure of the building was to reduce the mutual penetration of sounds from individual functions. To achieve adequate acoustic comfort, the functions have been grouped in such a way as to separate them from each other through communication acting as an acoustic buffer. As a result, the MCM building obtains a clear form of structurally and acoustically independent blocks.

Konrad Basan
Paweł Dadok
Michał Rogowski
Maria Roj

Mirosław Karpicki – acoustics
Agnieszka Wardzińska
Krystian Woźniak