The Dialogue Centre Upheavals is
part of the National Museum in Szczecin and this unique subterranean building won the title "World Building of the Year 2016" at the World
Architecture Festival in Berlin. It was designed by Polish
architect Robert Konieczny, principal at KWK studio.
While the vast exhibit area is buried underground, its roof serves as a huge public space much like a village square.
|Roof of the Museum|
|Inside the Subterranean Museum |
is built entirely of pre-cast concrete and its radical sunken form was
an intentional response to the nearby Philharmonic Hall, an
already-iconic building designed by Barozzi Veiga, that just last year
won the Mies van der Rohe Award – the European Union Prize for
The museum addresses a fifty-year time span that is the most tumultuous period of Poland's history. The starting point is the beginning of World War II when Poland lost its independence to the invading German Army. The
exhibit continues through concentration camps, Stalinism, protests in
the shipyards and concludes with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the
breakup of the former Soviet Union.
This is a piece of topography as well as a museum... a design which
addresses the past in an optimistic, poetic and imaginative way.