“Architecture of the VII Day” Poland of the 1980s as a Laboratory for Community Architecture

Architecture of the VII Day at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art reveals the history of churches built in Poland between the years 1945 and 1989 even despite the Communist state’s antipathy to religion. Using waste and illegally obtained materials, parishioners built over 3700 churches that became not only a manifestation of faith, but also a protest against the government.

 

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

Church of Our Lady of Queen of Peace, Wroclaw © Igor Snopek

 

The exhibition features photographs, diagrams, maps, and short narratives directly from church construction sites. Since the end of World War II, 3,780 churches were built in Poland, more than in any other European country. Most of them were built during the 1980s, a time when church construction was neither permitted nor prohibited, and thus played a significant role in the politics of the Cold War. (more…)

“Made in Europe” by Mies van der Rohe Foundation now in Wroclaw

The exhibition traces the evolution of architecture through the European Union’s Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award- since its inception in 1988, featuring 150 models, the chronology of events that took place together in the cultural, political and technological fields, alongside interviews with the winners of the Prize.

 

All the models packed, ready for the tour around Europe © Mies van der Rohe Foundation

All the models packed, ready for the tour around Europe © Mies van der Rohe Foundation

 

On January 16 Wroclaw will become the European Capital of Culture and it will start it off with the exhibition “Made in Europe” curated by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and organized jointly with the Creative Europe program of the European Commission and the Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw. (more…)

A glowing white philharmonic concert hall in Poland by Barozzi Veiga

The building takes formal inspiration from the traditional, picturesque architecture from Szczecin to build a massive, crystal-like auditorium for music and cultural events.

 

Szczecin Philharmonic Concert Hall by Barozzi Veiga © Simon Menges

Szczecin Philharmonic Concert Hall by Barozzi Veiga © Simon Menges

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Barozzi Veiga’s Philharmonic Concert Hall in Szczecin, a historical town in the north of Poland. The spanish-italian office have designed a large, massive building with a translucent glass façade, making it an iconic meeting point for the city.

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