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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

CHOPIN CENTRE in Warsaw, Poland by STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

 
April 30th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

WARSAW of the Chopin Center in Warsaw was constructed within the framework of the simplest reactions to “terms” dictated by law, investor and surrounded scenery.

Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

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  • Architects: STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office
  • Project: CHOPIN CENTRE
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Author’s name: Boleslaw Stelmach
  • Co-operation: Marek Zarzeczny, Zbigniew Wypych, Rafał Szmigielski, Sławomir Kłos
  • Office name: STELMACH I PARTNERZY Biuro Architektoniczne Sp. z o.o.
  • Technical data:
    • Site area: 372 m2
    • Footprint: 363 m2
    • Usable floor area: 2078 m2
    • Total area: 2796 m2
    • Volume: 6805 m3
  • PROJECT: 2004 – 2008; REALIZATION: 2008 – 2010

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

Boleslaw Stelmach, architect of the winning design in international competition, did not want to employ any formal tricks related symbolically with composer Frederic Chopin or his music. The architect’s essential aim was not to overwhelm the Ostrogski Castle which should remain a landmark. So the Chopin Center is subservient to the Ostrogski Castle both in the symbolic and functional sense.

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

Archives, reading-room, bookstore, restaurant, café and small conference/concert hall are situated on -1, ±0, +1 and +2 level. On upper levels +3 ÷ +7 there are housing offices of the Frederic Chopin National Institute. Technical rooms are located on -2 and -3 level.

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

From the side of Ostrogski Castle elevation of the Chopin Center is entirely glazed. Elevations from the side of Tamka street and Ordynacka street are made of steel and glass with screens of sandblasted glass – light crackers, different from each side.
Construction of the building is of steel and reinforced concrete. Underground levels are designed in slotted walls of hydro concrete.

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

The architect also resolves the greatest challenge set by organizers of the competition: the competition brief stipulated that new building form should commemorate the shape of a low nineteenth-century tenement pulled down in order to provide space for the Center. Local community wanted this solution. Boleslaw Stelmach created a „ghost house“, the elevations of two bottom stories are faced with prefab concrete slabs; from a distance it makes an impression of a model, a structure built of architectural blocks. Dark-grey colour of the concrete looks as if the new house was built from the ashes of the old house. Building structure – construction and installations, “grows out” from non-existent building. One of internal walls is former resistance wall of the Ostrogski Castle.

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

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Image Courtesy © STELMACH I PARTNERZY Architectural Office

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