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HYDROPOLIS, Education Centre, Wrocław

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Hydropolis is a state-of-the-art exhibition and museum which presents views and aspects of ‘water’.  It provides education in a modern exhibition space.

A 19th Century listed building, the property of the Wrocław Municipal Water Supply and Sewage Company, has been converted, turning the underground drinking water reservoir into exhibition space.

The entrance area, designed as a new building added to the existing reservoir, creates a new façade which is harmonised with the nearby Water Tower – a gem of local architecture and a marvel of late 19th century technology.  Natural materials were selected for the entrance area - concrete, glass and copper - complementing the materials used for the reservoir and the historic Water Tower.  The building façades are mostly clad with plain and perforated classic copper sheet; for interior walls, pre-oxidised copper was used.  The facade on the entrance area provides a visitor attraction – a 46.5m long water printer.  Flowing, falling water is artfully controlled to produce various shapes, patterns and inscriptions.

Design teams:

The entire exhibition space was designed by the Architecture Studio ART FM, Krakow.

The façades, copper cladding and water printer design were carried out by architects: Maksymilian Majoch, Magdalena Piwek, Łukasz Markiewicz and Karol Ornatowski from the Architecture Studio ART FM.

The design of interiors was developed by architects: Maksymilian Majoch, Magdalena Piwek and Łukasz Markiewicz from the Architecture Studio ART FM.

The entrance area building was designed with the collaboration of architect Ewa Kinecka of "Studio Eka", Wrocław.

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Building

Owner: 
Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wody i Kanalizacji
Completion date: 
2015
Country: 
Poland
Zip code: 
50-421
City: 
Wrocław
Street: 
ul. Na Grobli 14/16
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/cassettes
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Educational
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Pracownia Projektowa ART FM
Address & description: 
Rynek Główny 17, 31-008 Kraków

Awards

Season: 
2017
Categories: 
Shortlisted

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