Museum of Contemporary Art in Wrocław PL

There are two organizing strategies of the programmatic and spatial texture of the Contemporary Museum- the horizontal banding of program and the vertical binding of public circulation, referring to the stacking of horizontal galleries around vertical spatial punctures, through which people, light and atmosphere become bound in a spatial matrix.

The horizontal banding strategy locates the program elements in an accessible organization that allow the galleries and the public event functions to coexist in a mutually supportive manner. The vertical binding strategy drives the main public circulation of the building through three semi enclosed diagonal atria that extend from the ground level to the sky above. The intersection of these conditions forms a rich spatial matrix through which the life and urban fabric of the city is incorporated and extended. This organizational locus acts as the nexus for the public life of the building through binding the galleries with the other cultural venues and generating a new idea about community identity within the cultural complex.

Data: Location: Wroclaw, Poland / Client: Municipality of Wroclaw /Program: Public museum and community center /Site: .7 hectares [1.7 acres] /Building: 23,000sqm [247,500sqf] /Cost: 160 million PLN /Status: International Architectural Competition / Credits:Design Architect: EASTON+COMBS / Project Team: Lonn Combs, Rona Easton, Aaron WhiteVicky Chan, Adrian Lo, Lukasz Szlachcic, Filip Tejchman, Peter VanHage / Structural: Daniel Brodkin (ARUP-NYC), David Farnsworth (ARUP-NYC), Matthew Reid (ARUP-NYC)Environmental Systems: Mahadev Raman (ARUP-NYC)Facade Systems: Shawn Li (ARUP-NYC)