The Warsaw Uprising Museum has launched an international contest for a major expansion
Open to both local and international teams, the competition seeks innovative proposals to enlarge the landmark museum which documents the 1944 Warsaw Uprising when the Polish underground resistance rebelled against occupying Nazi forces.
The project will create a new entrance and exhibition spaces for the museum which opened in 2004 and now receives more than 700,000 visitors each year. The overall winner will receive around £13,600 and a design contract.
According to the brief: ‘The goal of the competition is to obtain the best in architectural, spatial and functional-utility concept of the extension and modernisation of the Warsaw Uprising Museum along with the development of the area. The subject of the project is the extension of the Warsaw Uprising Museum with the buildings of the entrance zone, allowing access to the museum complex from Towarowa Street.
‘The new form of land development should create a place that - although clearly associated with the Museum’s area of activity - must remain fully autonomous. The new, publicly accessible public space through the use of materials and arrangements is to promote the use of nature, the philosophy of slow life, implement the principle of accessibility, maintain a friendly - human scale of space, elements of small architecture, materials used, express harmony with the environment, etc.’
Held during the summer of 1944, the Warsaw Uprising was a battle between Polish insurgents and occupying German forces which lasted 63 days and saw 18,000 Polish fighters and 200,000 civilians killed.
The event came a year after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising when Jewish prisoners fought back against Nazi attempts to transport them to the concentration camps.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum opened in 2004 on the 60th anniversary of the insurgency. The museum features a variety of exhibitions including a replica sewer, hospital and aircraft hangar.
The competition language is Polish and the deadline for applications is 10 August.
How to apply