The project explores new possibilities of adaptation Historic building. The Art Nouveau building is located in the center one of the Poland's most Historic city of Cracow. Historic building dates back to 1886. The second phase of adaptation was the installation of an elevator in 1913. Currently, the state of the lift does not meet the standards of use. Wood-steel mezzanine was built was in 1985. Last renovation - a new boiler at the level of 9.95, was executed in 1990. Property currently serves as the theatrical costume store. Wood-steel construction is heavily exploited. It can be removed in favor of a new independent structure. The main criteria for protection of historic and architectural integrity of the structure is a brick facade building and maintaining the proportion of object. In particular, the proportion and the maximum loft above the cornice. All front doors have neither historical or architectural value - should be replaced.


My ambition is to design an independent form, which fills the interior of the existing facility. Structure becomes educated in opposition to the existing form, but operates with the same architectural determinants, namely: composition, proportion, rhythm, scale, detail. Changes only a tool. Form-entered the furniture is an ornament, but adapted to perform a function which is an art gallery. Both facilities are designed to help develop a coherent body. Their common role is to complement each other and architectural symbiosis of two organisms. Thanks to the strong contrast of forms, visitor perception of the individual values as well as art nouveau building a new structure. 


  • PHASE I - original design - year 1896  

  • PHASE II - installation of lifts - 1913  

  • PHASE III - construction of wood and steel mezzanine level + 6.05 m - 1985 (marked green)  

  • PHASE IV - a new boiler at the level of 9.95 - about 1990


Construction Technique

Fabric forming uses a flexible textile membrane to form concrete in place of rigid forms such as lumber, plywood, steel and aluminum.

When wet concrete is contained by a tensile membrane, the fabric deflects into precise tension geometries. This produces efficient structural curves and extraordinary surface finishes.

Fabric forms can be used to form columns, walls, beams, slabs and panels in both precast and in-situ construction.

From a structural/architectural perspective, fabric formwork awakens concrete to its fluid origins, introducing new horizons for architectural form and structural expression.



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