The result of the international competition for an architect to work with The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the TR Warszawa Theatre on their new buildings in Warsaw has been announced. Thomas Phifer and Partners’ proposal was chosen out of 12 bidding architecture firms which included Henning Larsen Architects, UNStudio and Foster + Partners in addition to several Polish firms. The project will continue the development of Warsaw as a cultural city and the development of the area around the existing Palace of Culture, not an easy building to relate to by nature of its iconic landmark design. It will provide a roofed public square, connecting the buildings for two institutions.
While the two organisations are independent of each other, they have sensibly been working together on this project where “city-making” is a key part of the brief. The two buildings will provide around 15,000 sq m of space for the museum and 10,000sq m for the Theatre and the architects will now work with the two organisations to develop their design concept, with construction anticipated to be complete by the end of 2019
The relationship with the city has been of primary importance. The designs look to be interesting and open, with a great use of glass to visually connect the activities inside with the new public space and the busy adjacent shopping area, even including a theatre where perdformances can be watched from outside.