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Krakow museum wins world architectural competition

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Peter Gentle 09.11.2011 13:25
The new hall of Krakow's Aviation Museum has been declared the finest concrete building of its kind in the world.

photo - muzeumlotnictwa.pl

The hall won the annual Cemex Building Award, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year.

Krakow's sleek new centre was designed by a German-Polish team made up of Pysall Ruge Architekten and Cracovian architect Bartlomiej Kisielewski.

The hall won in the public buildings category.

“It's a great honour for the entire design time and everyone involved in the realization of this project,” Kisielewski told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

The building, which was partly financed by EU funds, was officially opened to the public in September 2010.

The museum boasts one of Europe's most intriguing selections of aircraft. Besides such aviation classics as Spitfires and Albatrosses, visitors can also find such one-of-a-kind oddities as the Kukulka (The Cuckoo), a passenger plane built in a residential apartment during the 1970s.

The constructor of the Kukulka, a Mr. Eugeniusz Pieniazek, ultimately used his invention to escape from the Communist bloc. (nh)

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