World Building of the Year 2016: The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland

World Building of the Year 2016: The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland
The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes: World Building of the Year 2016, as announced today at the World Architecture Festival

 

The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, Poland, has been declared the World Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. The scheme, designed by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes, comprises an undulating public square with the museum placed below ground.

The judges, chaired by Sir David Chipperfield, said: “This project enriches the city and the life of the city. It addresses a site with three histories, pre-World War II, wartime destruction, and post-war development, which left a significant gap in the middle of the city. This is a piece of topography as well as a museum. To go underground is to explore the memory and archaeology of the city, while above ground the public face of the building, including its undulating roof, and be interpreted and used in a variety of ways.
This is a design which addresses the past in an optimistic, poetic and imaginative way.

 

The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes: World Building of the Year 2016, as announced today at the World Architecture Festival
The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes: World Building of the Year 2016, as announced today at the World Architecture Festival

 

The World Architecture Festival awards aim to showcase the best architecture of the last 12 months.

The museum was selected ahead of 16 other category winners announced on day one and day two of the festival, including MVRDV’s glass-brick shop and a shiny silver building by Zaha Hadid Architects.

 

World Building of the Year 2016: The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland
The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes: World Building of the Year 2016, as announced today at the World Architecture Festival
World Building of the Year 2016: The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland
The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes: World Building of the Year 2016, as announced today at the World Architecture Festival
World Building of the Year 2016: The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland
The National Museum in Szczecin – Dialogue Centre Przelomy, by Robert Konieczny/KWK Promes: World Building of the Year 2016, as announced today at the World Architecture Festival