Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award
The Malopolska Art Garden (MAG) project won the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in an open online voting in the contest of the American architectural portal Architizer.com in the category of cultural projects – theatres and centres of the performance art. Currently, Architizer is the largest and the fastest developing world portal devoted to architecture. A few hundred projects from 100 countries were submitted for the contest. In the first stage of the contest, a professional jury consisting, among others, of architects: Steven Holl, Jeanne Gang, designers: Rem D. Koolhaas, Eckart Maisse, curators: Barry Bergdoll, Paola Antonelli (MOMA) and others, selected 5 projects for the finale in each of the 52 categories. In the theatres and centres of the performing arts category, the Malopolska Art Garden competed in the finale with the Dalian Conference Centre in China (COOP Himmelblau), the LCT3 Theatre in the Lincoln Center in New York (H3 Hardy Collaboration), the Roberto Cantoral Concert Hall in Coyoacan, Mexico (Broissin Architects), the Yurihonjo City Cultural Center in Akita, Japan (Chiaki Arai). In the second stage, winners were selected in the online voting, in which around 150,000 Web users took part. Two other Polish projects competed for the award in other categories: Dom Keresa [Keres’ House] (Jakub Szczęsny & Centrala), which qualified for the finale in the Architecture + Living Small category, and Dom Mai [Maja’s House] (Ultra Architects), which received a distinction in the Landscape + Gardens category.
The award for MAG will be granted at the ceremonial gala that will take place on the 16th of May this year in Cedar Lake Studio, New York, during the NYCxDESIGN festival. The list of guests will include eminent personages from the field of architecture, design, the press, administration and other related fields.
Opened in the autumn of 2012, the Malopolska Art Garden in Krakow has attracted the attention of experts in architecture and the audience since the beginning. Due to its innovative nature and program, it has become one of the most important places on the cultural map of the Malopolska Region. In 2012 it received the Professor Janusz Bogdanowski Award for the best architectural building in Krakow as a model example of critical contextualism in the approach to the shaping of the form and architectural details of the building. At the beginning of 2013, it received the Building of the Year 2012 award granted by the architectural website ArchDaily, and in March 2013, in connection with the MAG project, the Ingarden & Ewý office was granted the title of the Building Company of the Year in the Architects category by the BUILDER monthly.
The building at ul. Rajska 12 opposite the Provincial Public Library in Krakow housed the stage & technical workrooms of the Słowacki Theatre in Krakow and workrooms of the Stary Theatre since 1948. Designers from the Ingarden & Ewý Architekci office, whose concept won the competition announced by the Słowacki Theatre and the Association of Polish Architects, have created a spectacular building that combines history and modernity. Behind the glass façade we can see a reconstructed fragment of the wall of the 19th-century building that stood in place of the current MAG. The wall was reconstructed from the original renovated bricks. The authors of the project have embedded the MAG building in the environment, adjusting the shape of the roofing to the line of roofs of adjacent buildings and integrating the building into space, at the same time improving the quality of space, too. MAG serves two institutions: the Słowacki Theatre and the Provincial Public Library. It contains a modern mediatheque – arttheque, which is used for storing multimedia resources of books, music and films, a multifunctional auditorium with around 300 seats, a cinema room with 80 seats and conference rooms. Thanks to its architecture and interiors, the building offers the possibility of presentation of artistic projects based on a synthesis of various fields of art.