Małopolska Science Centre, Krakow, Poland

  • Architectural Work
    Performance / Services: 1 - 5
  • Author supervision
    Performance / Services: - 8
12 / 2022
Gross floor area:
25.268 qm
Competition 1st prize
Departure into the future
The new Science Centre is being built in the immediate vicinity of the former Krakow airport Rakowice-Czyżyny, one of the world's oldest airfields. The location is determined by the listed runway and the spacious, park-like character. The Małopolska Science Centre integrates into the landscape as a simple and expressive structure. The goal is to create a distinctive architectural form that will become the signature of the MCN.

The triangular building is partially buried in the ground and falls gently from north to south until it merges with the surrounding landscape. The green roof is walkable and serves as a grandstand for flight demonstrations and other events on the abandoned runway. The cubature of the triangle is cut in three points, creating four clearly separated functional areas for conferences, the entrance area, the exhibition and ancillary rooms.