competition design / 2019
Ggrupa projektowa: Paweł Lipiński, Mateusz Frankowski, Karol Kowalczyk, Fryderyk Graniczny; BDMA: Krzysztof Banaszewski, Maciej Dembiński, Jacek Mroczkowski; Pictureworks: Marcin Adamski, Piotr Greiner, Izabella Golon, Bartosz Fedak
Architectural and historical context:
The presented architectural concept of the Polonia Center was developed on the basis of a thorough analysis of architectural objects accompanying the club and a historical context, very important for the environment of supporters and sympathizers gathered since 1911 around the Polonia Warszawa club.
The authors of the project considered the architectural objects accompanying the club:
• Main Building – designed in the 1950s, referring to classical styles and recorded in the minds of Warsaw residents as “Polonia”
• Muranow’s buildings – a characteristic, socialist realist housing project that is one of the symbols of the reconstruction of the post-war capital
• Polish Security Printing Works – a modernist building adjacent to the Polonia stadium, built in 1926-1929 according to the design of Antoni Dygat
Important elements included in the analysis were also:
• The proximity of the Old Town – this unique location is a reason for the prestige of the Polonia Center and therefore also an important factor affecting its architecture
• The neighborhood of the park Romuald Traugutt – located in the nearby fortress areas
• The work of architect Juliusz Nagórski – he was the author of the pre-war concept of building the Polonia stadium. Due to the lack of a stadium project, the subject of analysis was the neoclassical architect projects, such as the Library of Krasinski Ordynacji at ul. Okólnik or Hotel Polonia at Aleje Jerozolimskie in Warsaw, in which J. Nagórski designed elevations.
The main idea of the project resulting from the presented context:
1. The façade has been shaped to imitate the classicist patterns and evoke associations with modernist and often monumental, dignified architecture. This design decision is aimed at highlighting the important role of the club’s history and the history of the city in building the identity of the Polonia Warszawa club.
2. The interiors of the designed buildings of the Polonia Center will be modern, technically and technologically black forms. It will be a symbolic reference to the future and plans of the club, unambiguously oriented to the return to the highest levels of competition – both domestic and European.
3. As a result of combining these features, modern architecture will be created that tells the club and its history in a dignified way.
The intention of the authors of the project is to show the Polonia Center as an object of special historical and cultural importance for Warsaw, at the same time boldly looking to the future and properly meeting the needs of residents, providing them with a place of entertainment at the highest level.
Projects marked in this way go to a larger group of users than projects focused only on one of the above aspects and effectively resist the test of time. They therefore provide aesthetic benefits to the city through a nice “aging”.
Such a project should be the Polonia Center, which during the day will have a historicizing and calm character, and in the evening, when sports events take place, club buildings will emanate with light, bustle and dynamics of experienced sports emotions.