Museum of Polish History, Warsaw PL

Three dimensions of urban consciousness integrate in this proposal, establishing the connection between the larger intervention in the city and the curatorial organization of a dynamic historical narrative. The Museum of Polish History is a terrain, an edge, and a spire that gain significance through the simultaneous autonomy and integration of their relationships both conceptually and spatially. These dimensions index a horizontal field of place, spanning line of travel and a vertical marker of space on the horizon.

It is this conceptual tension that drives the organizational strategy of the galleries and the spatial dynamic of the experience of the building. The three elements of the museum track the three major components of the programmatic narrative. The landscape creates an artificial subterranean condition of the permanent galleries of the museum; it is this set of galleries which make up the longest duration of visit to museum. The linear edge element houses the upper galleries of the permanent collection and constitutes the abbreviated visit to the permanent collection. The spire element of the museum houses the rotating exhibition galleries along with media and event spaces that represent through the façade a stratified stacking of the diverse and vibrant programs of the museum. The public forum connects all of these spaces together at the intersection of these programs and articulates a transparent edge to the Armia Ludowa Avenue on the eastern side of the site.

Data: Location: Warsaw, Poland / Client: Museum of Polish History / Program: Public museum / Building: 50,000sqm [538,000sqf] / Projected Contract Sum: 75 Million Euro / Status: International Architectural Competition / Credits: Design Architect: EASTON+COMBS / Project Team: Lonn Combs, Rona Easton and Erin Bartling, Sebastian Misiurek, Scott Sorenson, Lukasz Szlachcic, Marc Gullickson, Dan Babko