ICE Kraków: a winner in the Krakow – My Home competition
On Friday, the 26th of June, the winners of the Krakow – my home competition were announced. The competition is organised by the City of Krakow and Dziennik Polski. The ICE Kraków Congress Centre received an award in the Public Use Architecture category.
The goal of the Krakow – my home plebiscite was the appreciation of newly constructed buildings, carefully executed and perfectly blending in with their surroundings, as well as new, attractive public spaces, as well as historical monuments that received a new lease on life thanks to being renovated.
Out of the propositions sent in by Cracovians, the jury of the competition, composed in part of Elżbieta Koterna – the Deputy Mayor of Krakow, Tomasz Bobrowski – Head Architect of Krakow, and Prof. Witold Cęckiewicz – architect, urban planner and member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, selected 21 sites that would participate in the final of the competition. Next, the sites were divided into five categories: Residential Architecture, Public Use Architecture, Public Space Architecture, Revitalisation and Commercial Buildings. The winners in each category were selected by a vote of the jury as well as Krakow residents.
The entries in the Public Use Architecture category were particularly numerous. Nominated were: TAURON Arena Kraków, ICE Kraków Congress Centre, the CRICOTEKA Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, the AGH University of Science and Technology Centre of Energy, as well as the building of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Jagiellonian University. Three winners were selected in the category: the ICE Kraków Congress Centre for creating an attractive space that allows for the promotion of the city and strengthens it metropolitan functions; the AGH Centre of Energy for innovation and creating a smart building for smart people in a smart city, and the CRICOTEKA Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – a facility ahead of its time, subtly referring to the work of Tadeusz Kantor. The CRIKOTEKA Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor also received the Grand Prix, awarded by the competition jury.
“The great interest in the Krakow – my home competition, not only from building owners but also Cracovians, speaks to the fact that the residents are not indifferent to the aesthetics of the city’s public space. This makes me very glad, because we all live in a common space and we should all make the effort to ensure that the aesthetic standard in Krakow is the highest possible,” said Elżbieta Koterba, Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow for City Development, during the final stage of the competition.
Fot. W. Majka, UMK