National Museum Krakow – competition

Location: Kraków
Concept design: 2015
Area: 26250m2

The architectural design of the museum embraces the dynamic nature of exhibitions, accommodating both permanent and temporary displays with seamless versatility. By integrating universal exhibition spaces that can be effortlessly reconfigured, the architecture facilitates the transition between different themes and collections.

One of the innovative features is the ability to partition the area dedicated to temporary exhibitions using sliding walls. This flexible arrangement allows curators to create distinct environments for each showcase while ensuring optimal flow and coherence within the museum. During installation periods, these partitions can be closed off, ensuring the integrity and exclusivity of the temporary displays.

In response to the growing popularity of the museum, the functional layout and evacuation routes have been meticulously planned to accommodate up to 6,000 visitors daily. Safety and accessibility are paramount considerations, with adjustments made to ensure smooth navigation for all patrons, including those with disabilities. Ramps and elevators are strategically positioned throughout the building, ensuring equitable access to all exhibition spaces and eliminating any communication barriers that may have hindered inclusivity in the past.

The emphasis on user-friendliness extends beyond accessibility, with the overall design prioritizing openness and engagement. Visitors are encouraged to explore the museum at their own pace, guided by intuitive layouts and inviting spaces. Whether navigating through the permanent collections or discovering the latest temporary exhibits, every aspect of the museum experience is crafted to foster curiosity and connection.

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