Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw has an ambitious mission to both collect and display contemporary art from Poland and around the world. It is one of the few museums in the region actively collecting and exhibiting work from young artists in Poland working across media, including video, installation, performance, and sculpture.

Our project adapts a former government-run furniture showroom, in a landmarked late-modern building directly across from Warsaw’s imposing Ministry of Culture building. The museum’s director has called late-modernism Poland’s only national “style,” giving great importance to adapting the structure for a new life as a national museum.

The project both clarifies the bold cast-concrete structure, and re-imagines how it can be used. Though a series of strategic insertions in the atrium and the lobby, SOIL’s design opens up the ground floor space, adds an auditorium, and reconfigures the retail circulation to encourage exploration, and to produce different exhibition environments.

Client
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

Location
Warsaw, Poland

Program
Galleries, cafe, theater, bookstore, education classrooms

Area
4.650 m² / 50,000 sf

Status
Competition, First prize, 2012

Team
Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Ted Baab, Andre Herrero, Gunho Kim

Collaborators
Associate Architect: Projeckt Praga

Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, ground floor plan
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, second floor plan
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, exterior view
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, interior view
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, gallery view
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, entry lobby
Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, gallery view