Urban negative of the Schlesisches Museum für bildende Künste in Wroclaw. Centre of development for the blind.

by Agata Pierożyńska from Wrocław University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Poland
Tutored by: Ph.D. Tomasz Głowacki

Author comments:

The project of a new cultural-educational facility in Wrocław is dedicated to the blind people (largely socially excluded) and the forgotten building from 1880 – Silesian Museum of Fine Arts, which, despite excellent structural condition, was deconstructed in 1960.
Reconstruction of the former museum in form of it’s negative cast in cuboid solid allows for organizing interior’s space adequately to it’s needs.

Facility, beside untypical museum that can be seen blindfolded and a school for people with defect of vision, contains braile library and gym classroom focused on disciplines dedicated for blind people.
Parking is in the underground, while ground floor – opened square, is filled with restaurants and art galleries.

Elevation made of class bricks gives visual effect – world from the inside seems to be blured and distorted. Proposed project – important for the capital of Lower Silesia facility – integrates blind people and brings back sense and meaning of the name of that quarter – Museum Square – as the place for a meeting between human and art.

Tutor comments:

Not only The dissertation required in-depth studies of the problems and specificities of blind functioning, but also the chosen location as well as reconstructed building of Schlesisches Museum für bildende Kunste. The project is distinguished by its floating idea, which in a coherent and comprehensive way translates into specific design solutions. In the architectural statement, the subject of ambiguity and aberration of human visual perception is introduced - the basic source of perception of reality. Double glass facade, with an outer coating made of glass bricks, makes the monumental object of considerable size highly ephemeral and phenomenal, letting in the image blurred and unspoken. A unique and intriguing introverted structure was created, situated around the inner agora and emptiness under the central dome, which apart from the illumination function, focuses on the public life of the square. and the museum itself.

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