The winning project of the Museum of Tadeusz Kantor and the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor Cricoteka in Kraków was selected through an international architectural competition in 2009. The jury unanimously bestowed the first prize to remarkable design created by two architectural studios Wizja/Vision and nsMoonStudio, arguing that the project "resonates with the spirit and the scale of the post-industrial district of Kraków"
The Museum building is located on the site of the listed former power plant on Nadwiślańska Street. The architects Agnieszka Szultk, Stanisław Deńko and Piotr Nawara courageously decided to juxtapose the "new" with the "old" and proposed to erect a modern building above the existing edifice. A large, V- shaped, irregular structure, suspended nearly 15 meters above the ground, is supported on two pillars only.
Such atectonic design does not integrate with the environment, but creates a distinctive architectural signature so much needed in this part of the town. The form of the building results from designers’ interpretation of Tadeusz Kantor’s conviction of the necessity of conflict, “internal tension” which conditions the unleashing of further creative energy.
The concrete square covered with the new museum building is intended as an outdoor theater and a meeting place. The space surrounding the Museum remains open and fully available in order to enable artistic activities which can be extended on the nearby Vistula boulevards.
The interior of the building is designed to accommodate a permanent exhibition of Kantor’s work, modern exhibition center, theatre and conference space capable of hosting 150 people, a reading room, a library, a bookstore, a documentation center of the history of theater and visual art, as well as a contemporary art and video conservation center. Architects point out that the museum is not a place of static exhibitions, but it is a space intended and enabling eventful presentations and ongoing "happening" of art.
The building’s finish is made of corten steel sheet panels which gives the Museum an industrial look.
Author: Alicja Gzowska, transl.GS, 24.11.2014