The distinctive feature of the facility is a rotunda which is finished with copper punctuated with hexagonal openings, resembling a honeycomb, admitting natural light into the building.
– This copper sheet will develop a patina over time, like documents (and books). Eventually it will become as beautiful as that on church roofs – says Marek Kietliński, director of the National Archive in Białystok.
The building has an area of over 3,000 sq. metres. The conceptual design was developed by Arkon Jan Kabac architecture studio, and the building permit design was prepared by design office Mateusz Wejchert Architekt. The design provides optimal climate conditions for the preservation (temperature and humidity) and security (access control) of the documents.
The building is equipped with advanced systems: plumbing, low-current wiring and building management system (BMS), which enables monitoring and management of the HVAC system, the electrical installation, the temperature and humidity, and building lighting control. Rain water is harvested from the roof and stored in an underground tank. All these features enable the building operational costs to be minimized and, at the same time, improve its functionality.
Location: ul. Mickiewicza, Białystok
Client: Archiwum Państwowe
Designers: Arkon Jan Kabac
Building permit design: design office Mateusz Wejchert Architekt.
General contractor: Skanska S.A.
Total floor area: 3071.25 m2