Fronting the Vistula River, Old Town and Kazimierz.
The Congress Centre designed by us creates a new architectural point of reference for the partt of the city bordering on the Vistula boulevards, while at the same time being in keeping with the prestigious, historical and modern context – starting with Wawel Hill, and moving on to the panorama over old Krakow, Kazimierz and Podgórze.
The functional and compositional layout of the building takes advantage of the natural scenic qualities of the place. The centre will be characterised by a modern body with a large, glazed foyer. The building’s shape, softly undulating as it plunges down toward the Vistula, will allow it to smoothly blend into the panorama of the boulevards, while also harmonising with the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology. The foyer together with the “fifth elevation” (the roof of the building) will be visible from the Wawel terrace. Those participating in congresses and concerts will be able to admire the city – and at the same time be perfectly visible to others.
The primary materials in the elevation are glass and titanium-zinc sheet, rounded off with individually designed ceramic and stone tiles made from granite, lime and sandstone, which were chosen to allude to the building materials that created the history of the architecture on Wawel Hill. This compositional element, together with the glazing, creates a mosaic on the elevations of the building and dictates its expressive qualities.
The Congress Centre Building in Krakow – ICE
The project was chosen in an international architectural competition.
1. Ingarden & Ewý Architekci (Lead Architect)
Author: Krzysztof Ingarden
Collaboration: Jacek Ewý
Leading architects: Piotr Urbanowicz (Project Manager) Jacek Dubiel, Piotr Hojda, Sebastian Machaj, Jakub Wagner, Tomasz Koral, Piotr Kita
2. Arata Isozaki & Associates (Design Consultant)
Authors: Arata Isozaki, Hiroshi Aoki
Design team: Yoko Sano, Takayuki Uchida
Raf Orlowski, ARUP Acoustics Cambridge, UK
4. Stage technology:
ARUP Venue Consulting, Winchester,UK
Project Service, Kraków, Polska
Authors: Jerzy Gundelach, Włodzimierz Jacek Jędrychowski
Collaboration: Piotr Gundelach, Michał Górski, Maciej Janusz, Jerzy Kaczmarczyk, Grzegorz Leśny
Significant awards for Ingarden & Ewý in recent years:
2009 Honorary SARP 2009 Award for Krzysztof Ingarden and Jacek Ewý
2009 Title of “Architect of the year 2008” granted to Krzysztof Ingarden in the Krakow Architect of the Year 2008 competition
2009 1st prize in the category of building for public use, for the “Wyspiański 2000” Pavilion in the “Architect of the Year 2008” competition
2007 1st prize at CONTRACTWORLD – 2007 Hanover Germany, for the Polish Pavilion project – EXPO 2005
2007 “Best realisation of the year 2007 in Małopolska” Award for the “Wyspiański 2000” Pavilion