Thomas Phifer and Partners has unveiled their design for The Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theater in Warsaw, Poland. Together, the 15,000 square meter museum, 10,000 square meter theater, infrastructure, and outdoor forum, will compose the largest cultural project in Poland’s recent history.
Inspired by abstract works of art, “the building facades manifest creative life in the city and emphasize the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa’s integral role in the formation of Warsaw’s new cultural center.”
With a focus on the relationship between space and the public, the museum building is accessible from all sides, and features open lobby and auditorium space able to hold public functions that blend into gallery suites. The museum will host many varieties of art in its specialized spaces, including two permanent installations, the Zofia Kulik archive and the reconstruction of the Polish radio experimental studio. “The gallery sequence is additionally interspersed with City Rooms, which offer a resting place for visitors with views of the city.”
The theater will sit on the nearby square, with a cast metal façade that is perforated with large portals on the ground floor that look out onto the square and neighboring park. At night, stage lights from inside will radiate outward, “transforming the theater into a beacon” through the exploration of light and shadow.
Connected to the adjacent square and park, the theater will additionally enable “the organization of open-air spectacles and concerts.”
In addition to the buildings, the project incorporates a new public square, as well as landscaping that will bring in over 100 new trees. Learn more about the project here.
News via Thomas Phifer and Partners.