GALERIA KATOWICKA Katowice (Poland) - 2013
Contexte & enjeux
Sixteen raw concrete chalices built in the 1960s are now being reborn as the cover of Katowice station (as before, better than before…) and are launching a metropolitan project. At the foot of the embanked railway platforms, a destroyed island offered the gaping hole of an empty space, both a buffer and a square between the station and the city. The bus station occupied it.
By proposing to bury the buses and road traffic, we make room for the city in the obviousness and fluidity of a flat station area.
The architectural choices enhance, first of all, the strong identity of the station’s architecture, a unique example of Polish brutalist architecture. Beyond that, the Katowice gallery is attached by a hollow joint and offers the district a simple, designed architecture, whose organic curves echo the surrounding “Art Nouveau” buildings.
The flexibility of the forms, the undulations, the large glass surfaces (backlit at night) contribute to the momentum of a generous and luminous architecture.
They make it a singular object, a “flagship” anchored in the old urban fabric of Katowice.
Photographs: Erick Saillet
Redevelopment of the railway station and bus station and creation of a shopping and leisure centre with 1200 parking spaces
PKP – NEINVER
Competition winner 2007. Completed in 2013
192 000 m2