Poland Kraków concert hall competition decided

Architecture and urban planning
The BE DDJM Architekci studio has won the competition to find a new design for the Kraków Music Centre.

The city should sign a contract with the studio in 2021 before announcing a tender for the general contractor. The building should be completed in 2023.

The proposal to build a concert hall in Cichy Kącik has been around for 20 years. Originally it was to be developed by the prof. Gałoński foundation. Twenty years passed and we took this proposal to the Martial's office so that we could build Centrum Muzyki na Grzegórzkach together. All the preconditions were fulfilled such as the acquisition of the land and the site and a concept was drawn up to create Skrzatów park nearby and a competition was organised, but it was not completed, because the winning firm had misled the organisers. As a result no development contract was signed and under such circumstances we decided to go back to our original idea of constructing the Kraków Music Centre in Cichy Kącik. At the beginning of October we applied to the Martial's office to terminate the contract. Because we haven't received a reply in accordance with the information stated in the letter this contract is now invalid. All the necessary preconditions have been fulfilled.
Jacek Majchrowski, the mayor of Kraków

The city announced the latest competition in August. A total of 42 firms were invited to take part and 25 concepts were submitted in the first stage. The BE DDJM Architekci team that worked on the winning entry comprised Jarosław Kutniowski, Marek Dunikowski, Aleksandra Dzienniak, and Mateusz Dudek and the studio has been awarded the first prize of PLN 100,000 as well as the right to negotiate a contract with the city.

The second prize of PLN 60,000 was awarded to the Piuarch studio from Milan and the Inteoria Inga Olszańska studio from Kraków. The third prize of PLN 40,000 went to the Kozień Architekci studio.

The future Music Centre is to be the home of the Capelli Cracoviensis ensemble, the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra and the Cracovia Danza ballet. The main concert hall will seat 1,000 people

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