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  7. Wrocław Technology Park Complex Refurbishment / Major Architekci

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Wrocław Technology Park Complex Refurbishment / Major Architekci

  • 17:00 - 7 August, 2015
Wrocław Technology Park Complex Refurbishment / Major Architekci
Wrocław Technology Park Complex Refurbishment  / Major Architekci, © Krzysztof Smyk
© Krzysztof Smyk

© Krzysztof Smyk © Krzysztof Smyk © Krzysztof Smyk © Krzysztof Smyk + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wroclaw Technology Park, Klecińska 123, 54-413 Wrocław, Poland
  • Area

    24405.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Hall W-7/44 was constructed in 1940 within the area of former Linke-Hofmann-Werke plant. Over the years it was functioning as a great example of modernistic industrial architecture.

© Krzysztof Smyk
© Krzysztof Smyk

The construction of the Hall VII was accomplished in 1940 and was based on a project from august 1939 signed by Bernhardt. From the middle of 1944 till January of 1945 inside of the hall there was a subsidiary of a concentration camp Gross-Rosen located – a part of camp Breslau II. The Hall was at the same time a working camp and a working space. Rooms for workers on an entresol could hold around 800-1200 people.

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During the battles that took place on the area of the plant at the beginning of april 1945 the hall was seriously mutilated: the steel elements of the skylights and windows construction were bent, almost 100% of glass was destroyed. After decluttering the space and refilling the windows with glass, in 1946 hall VII already as a part of the PAFAWAG complex (National Wagon Factory) began production of coal-wagons. However, in the '90s of the XX century the abandoned building fell into ruin again.

© Krzysztof Smyk
© Krzysztof Smyk

The main goal of the designers was the constructive, architectural and functional reanimation of the fully devastated - but historic and valuable - industrial hall. Apart from standard renovation and maintenance treatments the building was subjected to a refreshing, adaptating it to functional demands of the XXI century.

© Krzysztof Smyk
© Krzysztof Smyk

Insulating the huge wall surfaces and the roof with its steel and brick structure turned out to be the biggest challenge. The answer to it was to create a new volume inside of the existing one. By closing a new inner structure made of polycarbonate within the old walls, an optimal temperature conditions and laboratory-like character of the interior were achieved. Besides, the function of the hall was extended. Apart from industrial and storing space, there are offices premeditated, as well as a museum memorializing victims of the work camp.

© Krzysztof Smyk
© Krzysztof Smyk
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Currently known as "Nowa Siódemka" ("New Number Seven") the building attracts new companies and plays a big role in the process of revitalisation of the old wroclawian PAFAWAG area.

© Krzysztof Smyk
© Krzysztof Smyk

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Cite: "Wrocław Technology Park Complex Refurbishment / Major Architekci" 07 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/771431/wroclaw-technology-park-complex-refurbishment-major-architekci/> ISSN 0719-8884