Poland: The Changing Landscape To Modernist Times.

Architecture has been playing a crucial role in reshaping Poland. From the Tatra Mountains to the Baltic Sea, hundreds of new developments are currently in construction, triggered by a booming economy (with growth of almost 40 per cent over the last decade) and the ongoing flow of structural funds from the EU.

After major improvements in sports and transport infrastructure prior to the Euro 2012 football championship, public investment is now concentrated in culture and education. This does not involve just the capital of Warsaw; new academic facilities, museums, theatres and concert halls, created by both local and foreign architects’ offices, spring up in almost every big Polish city. Public works are complemented by ambitious private initiatives, including office, retail and residential projects. New designs differ in scale and form, ranging from radical experimentation to subtler, functional schemes.

Here, we highlight examples of this new wave of construction completed in Poland within the last year or so. Many more projects (by Polish designers and international architects like Peter Zumthor and MVRDV) are still underway.

 

Photography: Hufton + Crow, Jakub Certowicz

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