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.
ICE Krakow Convention Centre in Poland by Ingarden & Ewý Architects
February 25th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Ingarden & Ewý Architects
ICE Kraków Congress Centre is a modern, world-class venue dedicated to culture – music, opera, ballet, theatre – and congresses. Designed at the highest standards of acoustics and mechanics. Besides the three main halls with 1915, 600, and 300 seats, the shell holds a multifunctional conference space of 550m2. ICE Kraków stands in the most prestigious location in Poland: opposite Wawel Castle, a location that influenced main design decisions. Hiding a multi-story foyer open to a panorama of Kraków, the Vistula embankment façade is spectacularly transparent. The outer shell combines glass, ceramics, and aluminium, with colours ceramic tiles reflecting those of the interior: red of the Auditorium Hall, graphite of Theatre Hall, white of the foyer, and the silvery aluminum used for the roof.
Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its picturesque Old Town, with its unique architecture, has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In autumn 2014, in the historic area located at the heart of the city, a new multi-functional conference/concert/theater center was opened: The ICE Kraków Congress Centre. The complex was designed by Polish architecture firm Ingarden & Ewy Architekci together with Arata Isozaki & Associates as consultant, and the operator is the Krakow Festival Office.
ICE Kraków Congress Centre, the modern, world-class venue dedicated to cultural events: music, ballet and theatre performances as well as congresses – comprises three main halls with 1791-1915, 600, and 300 seats, and a multifunctional conference area with a floor space of 550 sq.m, plus ancillary rooms and areas including offices, artists’ dressing rooms, and a commercial area. The conference hall complex can be divided into several smaller units, or combined with the foyer and chamber hall into a 1,000 square meter exhibition and banquet space. On the top floors, there are 32 meeting rooms available for events with 6 to 30 participants.
A press centre, VIP area and various technical rooms are available to event organisers. Quality catering is on offer in several restaurants and bars. In addition to its state-of-the-art congress technology, the ICE also boasts a BMS (Building Management System). This system ensures rational management, optimal security measures, and a high level of comfort.
ICE Kraków Congress Centre was designed in conformity with the highest functional and acoustic standards, and equipped with state-of-the-art stage technology systems. With the extensive range of events to be held on the premises in mind, the architects decided to design the main hall as semi-vineyard, which allows various configurations of both audience and stage thus ensuring the best acoustic setting for every purpose.
The attractiveness of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre results not only from the merits of its architecture and functions but from the location and the valuable panorama as well – ICE Kraków stands in one of the most prestigious locations in Poland: opposite Wawel Castle. The building boasts a spectacular glass façade facing the Vistula embankment with the multi-storey foyer offering a panoramic view of the ancient City of Kraków situated right opposite. Suspended in the foyer area is a fantastic staircase leading the visitor to the many levels of the centre, and opening before them a panorama with Wawel located in centre view.
The façades are composed of glass, ceramics, and aluminum. The colours of the external ceramic wall tiles reflect the colour range applied inside the building: the red of the Auditorium Hall, the graphite of the Theatre Hall, the white of the foyer, and the silvery aluminum used for the roof finishing. The architects intended the multi-element composition of the façades to reflect motion and life: the dynamics of a modern developing city.
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