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New York-based practice wins Warsaw MOMA contest

Thomas Phifer and Partners has seen off a list of international stars to win the contest to design Warsaw’s new £50million Museum of Modern Art complex

The American practice defeated a 12-strong shortlist, which included Foster + Partners, UNStudio and Henning Larsen, to land the 15,000m2 scheme.

The shortlist in full

  • Blond & Roux Architects, France
  • Fiszer Atelier 41, Poland
  • Foster + Partners, UK
  • JSK Architects with nsMoonStudio, Poland
  • Biuro Architektoniczne Kaczmarczyk, Poland
  • Henning Larsen Architects, Denmark
  • Pas Projekt Archi Studio, Poland
  • Thomas Phifer and Partners, USA
  • Prochem, Poland
  • UNStudio, The Netherlands
  • WXCA, Poland

The judges said Thomas Phifer and Partners’ proposal ‘proved to be the most city-generating’.

The project, which has a budget of 270million Polish Zloty, includes an art museum and a theatre connected by a covered square.

Linked at basement level, the two buildings will occupy a plot of land besides the Polish capital’s existing Palace of Culture.

The new covered square between the museum and the theatre will act as a public walkway, creating a new route from the cultural area and the nearby metro station. It will also be used for public art projects, concerts, and outdoor performances.

The theatre will be opened up to the street with the stage visible from the public square. While the theatre’s rehearsal space and the back of house areas at the museum will have glass facades giving passers by a sense of what is happening within the buildings.

Work on the development of the design is set to start in September with the project scheduled to complete in 2019.

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