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Competition: Chopin international music centre, Poland

Chopin's birthplace, Żelazowa Wola
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The Fryderyk Chopin Institute has launched an international contest for a major new music centre close to the birthplace of the Romantic-era composer

The competition seeks proposals for a new concert hall and cultural institute on the historic Żelazowa Wola estate west of Warsaw where Chopin was born more than 200 years ago, which is now the centre of a landscaped memorial park dedicated to his life’s work.

According to the brief: ‘The architectural concept must take into account the spatial link with the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, which is the focal point of the surrounding historic park, and in particular harmonise with the function of the monumental site created in the 1920s and 1930s to commemorate the great artist.

‘Its size should integrate organically into the landscape, not dominating the environment, which does not exclude architectural proposals with expressive identity. The terrain, the architectural context of the interwar war park and the monument, and the composition of time-varying compositions are important points of reference for the project.’

Chopin was born in 1810 and his family moved to Warsaw capital shortly after. He later relocated to Paris where his musical career flourished.

Many of the buildings at Żelazowa Wola have since been reorganised or demolished, but the small annexe where Chopin was born has survived and is now a museum at the centre of a memorial park.

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute was created in 2001 and is based in Warsaw. The organisation holds records of the composer’s work and hosts an annual festival and five-yearly competition dedicated to promoting his legacy.

Competition entries must be in Polish and will be judged on their architectural attractiveness, functionality of interiors, acoustic quality, economics, and relationship to the surrounding historic context.

Judges include Fryderyk Chopin Institute director Artur Szklener, the musicologist Zofia Chechlińska and Piotr Walkowiak of Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

The overall winner, due to announced on 29 June, will receive a prize of around £42,000 and be invited to negotiate for the design contract. A second prize of around £31,400 and third prize of approximately £21,000 will also be awarded.

The deadline for applications is 3pm local time, 28 December.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Piotr Krakowski
The Fryderyk Chopin Institute
ul. Tamka 43

Tel: +48 224416100
Email: archcompetition@chopin.gov.pl
Fax: +48 224416113

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