Warsaw Jewish museum best building of 2013
PR dla Zagranicy
The Association of Polish Architects (SARP) has named Warsaw's Museum of the History of Polish Jews as the best building of 2013 that was raised in part from public funding.
The museum. Photo: wikipedia
Designed by Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamaki and Ilmari Lahdelma, part of the building was opened to the public in April 2013, although the permanent exhibition will not be accessible until later this year.
The cornerstone was laid in 2007, and the vast structure takes in about 13,000 square metres.
SARP appoints two juries to meet biennially, and Monday also saw the announcement of the best building of 2012, the winner being the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Luslawice.
Photo: Penderecki Centre
The centre, which is in the vicinity of composer Penderecki's manor house in Luslawice, is intended to foster talent among young musicians from across the globe. Architects Marek Dunikowski, Jaroslaw Kutniowski and Wojciech Miecznikowski designed the building.
A special prize for 2012 was also bestowed on Krakow's Malopolska Garden of Arts, which was designed by Krzysztof Ingarden and Jacek Ewy.
The building is a cultural centre which hosts theatrical productions, concerts, exhibitions and other artistic events, and it has become a key festival venue for the city. A branch of the regional library is also housed there.