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Exhibition Pavilion of the State High School of Fine Arts in Olsztyn

21 of July '20
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Exhibition Pavilion of the Eric Mendelsohn State High School of Arts
in Olsztyn

Location: , Olsztyn
Project: Biuro Architektoniczne Gadomscy
Architects: Piotr, Wojciech, Ewa, Wiesława, Barbara and Ryszard Gadomski
Contractor: GN-Knit B.D.
Building area: 271 m²
Total area: 307,40 m²
Usable area: 241,51 m²
Integrated atrium area: 85 m²
Cubic capacity: 1654 m³
Project: 2017
Implementation: 2019
Investor: Eric Mendelsohn State High School of the Arts

The Olsztyn High School of Art boasts a new exhibition pavilion. Architects from the Gadomscy Architectural Office have added a new building to the school's 1960s building, which, thanks to its large glazing, constitutes an art gallery that enters the urban space.

The Frederic MendesohnState High School of Fine Arts in Olsztyn offers practical classes in painting, graphic design and sculpture and ceramics. The works created during the lessons are mostly known only to the teaching staff, hence the PLP management in 2017 decided to build an exhibition pavilion. A design by the Gadomscy Architectural Office was selected through a competition.

Pawilon wystawienniczy

The building was built on the corner of two streets

Photo: Jakub Obarek © Gadomscy Architectural Office

new building on the map of Olsztyn

The newly built, one-story pavilion is located in the very center of Olsztyn, at the corner of two streets Partyzantów and Lance. The height of the building was related by the authors to the level of the parapets of the high school and the surrounding historic frontage buildings. The pavilion complements the school's functional program, expanding the framework of its activities to include public exhibitions, presentations, art events, among others, with the possibility of introducing the public to the space of the planned indoor "art garden."

As the authors say about the design of the gallery and the difficulties involved:

An art gallery as an object of architecture is a difficult challenge. The dilemmas in such cases are always similar - does the architectural setting have the right to attract the attention of the viewer directed to the exhibits presented? Is there a concept of aesthetically "neutral" architecture? How to design a universal space, capable of displaying exhibitions with changing themes and different exhibition concepts?

wnętrze pawilonu

interior of the pavilion

Photo: Mieczyslaw Wieliczko © Gadomscy Architectural Office

glazed pavilion

The resulting facility designed to exhibit student works also serves as a multifunctional educational, workshop and conference space. The amphitheater-like exterior atrium is a gallery of large-scale sculpture. Ribbon glazing connects the interior gallery space with the exterior street space. The use of a raster superimposed on the classical glass facade minimizes the optical boundary generated by the glass - the double structure of the facade focuses the viewer's attention on the external facade grid. Thanks to the glazed facades, the building opens towards both the school and the passerby, inviting them to interact with the art.

elaborated by Dobrawa Bies

illustrations courtesy of Gadomscy Architectural Office

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