Poznan is one of the oldest cities in Poland (1253) and has always been an important centre of culture and trade. The Old Market Square  (140x140m) is Poznans most important public space. The cities long history becomes apparent in the diversity of the various individual buildings  that occupy the square: the City Hall ( built in the 13th century and transformed in the 16th century by Giovanni Battista di Quadro), the Municipal Scales (a reconstruction of the design by Giovanni Battista di Quadro), old merchant houses (16th century), the guardhouse (an 18th century wooden building, rebuilt in classical style) and the Arsenal gallery, a post-war building (1959–1962), standing on the site of a former market building which was used as an arsenal.
The competition asks for an intervention in this building block, by transforming the Arsenal gallery with respect to the existing historical patterns visible in the public space. Our proposal focusses on retrieving a sense of unification, rather than fragmentation. The rich ensemble is unified by adding a volume that responds to the various scales in its surrounding and by creating a public space that is both a passage and a centre, a room in the city. The exisiting modernist structure remains and serves as a framework for a more contemporary solution in both architecture and urbanism.
in collaboration with Jolanta Olek, Szymon Gic (NUA Studio), Jakub Bogacki, Michał Gic