European Solidarity Center Entry, Gdansk

European Solidarity Center, Architecture Entry Images, Architect Proposal

Polish Competition Entry : Zvi Hecker Design

European Solidarity Center Gdansk, Poland design by Zvi Hecker architect

22 Apr 2008

Polish Solidarity Centre Competition Entry, Gdansk

Winner: FORT Architects, Poland
Entries: 62
Announced Dec 2007
Prize: £70,000
2nd: Gray International and Stelmach i Partnerzy, Poland
3rd: Arkitema, Denmark

European Solidarity Center Entry

Polish Solidarity Centre Competition Entry by Zvi Hecker Architekt

European Solidarity Center Entry - Polish competition proposal Zvi Hecker design

The Solidarity Centre is a Gate.
It is the Gate to the memories and history of Solidarity.
It is the Gate to the reconciliation of Polish society with its past.
It is the Gate to the knowledge about the struggle of Polish people with its oppressors.
It is the Gate which young people will walk through to make the part relevant and present understandable.
The Solidarity Centre is a Gate to the Freedom.

European Solidarity Center Entry Polish building design

The architecture of the building expresses its functions as well as its symbolic role within Gdansk and polish society in general. It certainly will become the heart of Solidarity heritage and its visual image.

The form of the building is that of a Gate open to the Solidarity monument and covered by a large roof which houses the most important function of the Centre: its permanent exhibition of the History of Solidarity. The structure of the roof is carried by a cross construction resting on the two V-like pillars, actually the building.

The cross construction of the roof leaves two large opening which allow the visitors to enjoy the view of the changing sky creating a feeling of freedom when approaching and entering the Centre.

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Solidarity Centre Gdansk Building images / information from Zvi Hecker Architects

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Location: Gdansk, Poland, eastern Europe

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