The New Polish History Museum is an opportunity for restoring the unique landscape continuity composed by the western river embankment, crowned by castles and palaces which was cut through by Highway.
The key is re-designing the highway into a city boulevard which, in keeping with its functional conditions, must coexist with the historical landscape while improving communication and the environmental conditions of the site.From that premise the construction of the new Museum suggests a topographical move, a geographical proposal that restores the pre-existing condition of the original cliff along the western embankment of Vistula River. The Trasa Lazienkowska Bridge is converted it into the museum car park transforming it into a stable ‘building’ and gives meaning and density to the present bridge. This enhances the accessibility of the museum complex which is reached at lower level by private cars, coaches and public buses, and from there to the upper level via escalators, stairs and ramps.
The building is proposed as two spirals which emphasize the linking and re-connecting aspect of the project over the cut which separated the historical parks. These spirals are aligned, on the northern side to ul. Jazdow and on the southern side to the eastern façade of Ujazdow castle. Both converge at the heart of the new facility: the museum forum which is a skylight-covered courtyard meeting area from which all visits start.
Architects: C. Fiol, A. Arriola, X. Arriola, A. Curreli, A. Puck,M. Fanari, M. Chabert, L. Cattoni