This is the first-ever compilation of all the Polish projects ever nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. As last year we had a compilation of Spanish Architectures and before one about architecture in Cyprus from the panorama depicted by the nominated works at the EU Mies Award now we take a look at the Polish architecture in the European context. Poland had their firs nominated works at the prize for the first time in 1996, thus the oldest projects have over 23 years. The exhibition depicts the transformations in the contemporary Polish architecture as through a lens using the most outstanding examples.
Polish architecture has come a long way since 1996, in comparison to other European countries. The evolution is associated with the internal political situation, and the transformation of the political and economical system accelerated new investments and changed the image of the Polish towns and villages beyond recognition. A strong participation of the society, politicians and clients influenced the far-reaching transformations.
Every year the consequences of the above-mentioned actions become increasingly clear and contemporary Polish architectural works get recognized and appreciated in Poland and abroad. In 2015 the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin achieved a great success and received the Mies van der Rohe Award. The prize caused the world to hold the attention to the building designed by architects from the studio Barozzi Veiga. In November 2016 another building from Szczecin received the attention of architecture lovers and the world media. The Katyn Musem, designed by BBGK Architects with the cooperation of the artist Jerzy Kalina has come a long way. In 2017 the building was one of the finalists of the Mies van der Rohe competition. Additionally, the shortlist included: POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects), Silesian Museum (Riegler Riewe Architects), Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library in Katowice (HS99), Integrated train and tram stop Wrocław-Maślice (Maćków Pracownia Projektowa), wooden church in Tarnów (Beton) and a cemetery chapel in Batowice in Cracow (Atelier Loegler Architekci).
The exhibition presented during 4 Design Days allows us to set off on a journey through space and time, through various territories, without barriers or frontiers. It allows us to enjoy the vast diversity of landscapes, nations and cultures that constitute today’s Europe.
Chronicle from Europe: Poland in the EU Mies Award
Polish architecture has probably evolved in the most significant way since 1996, in comparison to other European countries, with a strong participation of the society, politicians and clients. Moreover, one of the Polish buildings (the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin) received the Mies van der Rohe Award, and another one (The Katyn Musem) became a finalist of the competition, while six others were shortlisted (POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Silesian Museum in Katowice, Integrated train and tram stop Wrocław-Maślice, Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library in Katowice, Wooden church in Tarnów and the Gate to the City of the Dead in Kraków). The purpose of the present exhibition is to celebrate the high quality of contemporary Polish architecture in a European and international context, as well as in the context of the 25th anniversary of “Architektura Murator” monthly, which has actively participated in the organization of the EU Mies Award.
The Award reflects the changes that have taken place over the last thirty years in technology, use of new instruments, the emergence of new idioms and even in the composition of architecture studios and the way they work. At the same time, the competition reflects social changes in terms of citizens’ rights as well as lifestyles. It has been possible to acquire in-depth knowledge of this set of works thanks to the experts, the architects’ associations, institutions that support architecture in Europe, the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.
The success of buildings and the satisfaction we derive from our projects have much to do with the pride of both users and clients in the works we create. Our satisfaction increases when our projects become recognizable for a broad public. It is hard to forget the emotions with which the Mayor of Szczecin and his team received the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award as representatives of the city, or that of the Katyn Museum team during the visit of the Jury.
The exhibition presents two yet unreleased interviews with BBGK Architekci and Barozzi/Veiga.
The present exhibition allows us to set off on a journey through space and time, through various territories, without frontiers. It allows us to enjoy the vast diversity of landscapes, nations and cultures that constitute modern-day Europe while remembering that when contemplating our surroundings we should maintain a critical approach.
CuratorsIvan Blasi, Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Marcin Szczelina, Architecture Snob
24-1-2019 > 27-1-2019
Katowice International Congress Centre
Grupa PTWP SA, publisher of Propertydesign.pl, organiser of 4 Desig Days
Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Furniture arrangement project:
Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Anna Ostrowska, Ivan Blasi, Marcin Szczelina