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New York studio to design Warsaw museum

Architecture and urban planning
POLAND The Thomas Phifer and Partners architectural studio of New York has won the tender for the new design of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the TR Warszawa theatre.

According to the tender committee, Phifer’s offer was the most “city-forming” and had the best understanding of the functionality of the museum and the theatre. The museum will now finalise an agreement for the design of the museum and theatre complex with Thomas Phifer. The cooperation will involve the joint development, together with the museum and the theatre, of the preliminary concept and the subsequent preparation of the construction plans, the detailed design and ultimately the supervision of the construction process. The work on the concept is to start in September. Thomas Phifer has come up with a slogan for the design, which reads: ‘A building that reveals all it has’. According to his concept, if both institutions are to feature presentations of visual and performance art, the architecture has to reflect this in the layout of the museum and the theatre and reveal what is happening inside the buildings it to the many passers-by. One of the greatest attractions in the TR Warszawa building will be the fact that one of the stages will be opened to pl. Defilad square, allowing events to be organised that will be watched both indoors and outdoors, so the surroundings of the building could become the stage scenery or the auditorium for what will be happening indoors. Some of the rehearsal rooms of the theatre as well as a number of storerooms and backrooms of the museum, which will be made of glass, are designed to face each other and out to people walking across the roofed square, the park as well as the upper floors of both buildings. In the two-stage competition, which was announced in September 2013, final bids were entered by twelve by 12 studios. The latest competition is the third attempt of the city to choose a design of the Museum of Modern Art. The schedule of the project enables the design work to continue until mid-2016. According to current estimates, the museum should be ready by the end of 2019, with the opening of the project to take place in spring 2020. Investment costs for the construction of the museum and theatre will come to around PLN 400 mln.

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