Architecture overview: Poland
Polski Hak district in Gdansk, by Daniel Libeskind
The Polish-born architect has a handful of projects on the drawing board in his native country, including this new riverside office and housing district in Gdansk. Polski Hak has been conceived as a series of low-rise curving blocks, arranged jigsaw piece-like in front of a skyscraper. No date has been revealed for Polski Haks completion.
Korona Tower in Poznan, by Daniel Libeskind
Lucky residents of the 250 luxury apartments in Libeskinds 105m-high Korona Tower will have views across the citys park and old town. The 31-storey, origami-like structure clad in steel and glass should be ready by 2011.
SARLs Hilton Hotel in Wroclaw, by Gottesman Szmelcman Architecture
Come winter 2010, a five-star Hilton Hotel will sit alongside serviced suites, restaurants, boutiques, a jazz club, conference centre and exhibition space in this scheme. The architects plan an organic, free-form structure for the capital of Lower Silesia, clad in Corian, so that it will appear not only seamless but translucent.
Szczecin Philharmonie Concert Hall, by Barozzi Veiga
The young Barcelonans think of their creation as a new kind of cathedral for Szczecin, and with all those spire-like angles, we can see why. It will be a mostly glass affair, standing on a WWII bombsite. The hall is being built now, though no date for its first performance has been given.
Zlota 44 Tower in Warsaw, by Daniel Libeskind
With its fancy amenities and stunning profile, Zlota 44 is aimed at aspiring Poles and expats with an eye for an icon. Residents of the 251 apartments in Libeskinds gently twisting high-rise will be able to while away the time in the 25m indoor swimming pool, the yoga studio and on the sun terrace. Developer Orco Property Group expects all to be done and dusted by 2010.
British Embassy in Warsaw, by Tony Fretton Architects
Embassy staff relocating in 2009 will find themselves in the leafy surroundings of Ul Kawaleri, with its park, canal and tree-lined alley. Frettons original building, which also came with a glass façade, was in a more urban setting, but increased security issues led to the change of location.
Lilium Tower in Warsaw, by Zaha Hadid
At 250m and 130,000m2, this skyscraper is intended to complement the nearby Palace of Culture. Hadid has designed it to house both apartments and a hotel. And visitors will access the hotel, apartments, restaurant and delivery area via four separate lobbies on the ground floor.
Warsaws new Museum of Modern Art, by Christian Kerez
Swiss architect Christian Kerezs creation is to stand in a neighbourhood of Warsaw that withstood the destruction of WWII, between Swietokrzyski Park and the new City Square. It’s part of the masterplan to revitalise the capitals centre and should be open in 2010.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews, by Lahdelma & Mahlamaki Architects
This 1,800m2 scheme comprises an organic limestone form sitting inside a translucent box. Its part of President Lech Kaczynskis investment in Warsaws cultural heritage, and the Finnish architects hope to be done by 2010.
New cultural centre for Gliwice, by Medusa Group
Many of the 200,000 citizens of 750-year-old Gliwice should appreciate this cultural conversion: 26% of them are highbrow enough to have a university degree. Medusas conversion and extension of the redbrick water tower on Sobieskiego Street will be ready in 2009.
The Pedestrian Bridge of Ghosts in Oswiecim, by Jaroslaw Kozakiewicz
Its 200m long, wooden and straddles the River Sola. As such, Kozakiewiczs proposal creates an extension of Kammieniec Street and connects the industrial towns Auschwitz-Berkenau Museum with its park. The bridge is intended commemorate the prisoners of war housed at the nearby camp. Theres no date for its completion yet.
Angel Wings scheme in Krakow, by Gottesman Szmelcman
The second phase of Angel Wings is a brace of 163m-high, glass-clad skyscrapers. They will stand among the existing stone and timber low-rises, which enjoy a gently sloping bank down to Wroclaws Olawa River. These phase-two residences, which should be ready for occupancy in 2009, are part of all the regeneration activity going on around Krakows historic railway station.
University Library in Katowice, by HS99
Theyve done universities before, and libraries too. Now these Poles are combining those experiences for Katowices new University Library. Come 2009, bibliophiles will be peering out of the glazed buildings vertical slits onto the surrounding red-brick structures.
The Tadeusz Kantor Museum in Krakow, by nsMoonStudio & Wizja
Tadeusz Kantor, the painter, set designer and theatre director who died in 1990, has an eponymous centre for the documentation of his art (which goes by the acronym CRICOTEKA). The new extension by nsMoonStudio & Wizja in steel, concrete and glass, will stand on Krakows Vistula River, though building is yet to start.
SOF Hotel Park Inn in Krakow, by Jurgen Mayer H.
What started life (at the planning stage) as an office, has been re-imagined as a hotel. This hotel, along with Ingarden & Ewy Architects congress centre next door, are part of Krakows increasingly important role as a tourism and business destination. Mayers creation with its zebra-like façade will stand across the river from the castle, on Monte Casino Street. It will be taking bookings for 2009.
Cicha 8 in Warsaw, by Jurgen Mayer H
Another one earmarked for 2009, this super-futuristic form is a second offering from Berliners Jurgen Mayer H. Its well positioned near Powisle Park and Swietokrzyski Bridge, which should suit its office workers, wholl occupy all six storeys.
The National Museum Extension in Poznan, by Claudio Silvestrin
This museum was built in 1900 and added to in 1976. Now comes a funnel-like roof extension, courtesy of London-based Claudio Silvestrin. For the first time, art lovers will be able to access the top floor and marvel at a new gallery. Poznan should be ready for the unveiling in 2009.
Baltic Arena in Gdansk, by Rhode-Kellermann-Wawrowsky
Up to 40,000 spectators will turn up at the Baltic Arena for the 2012 European Football Championships Group 3 matches, and one quarter-final. The German architects scheme will stand in 33 hectares in the district of Letnica.