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Polonia stadium design chosen

Opr./edited AZ 22 May 2019
Polonia stadium design chosen
The Polonia stadium in Warsaw will seat 15,500
POLAND JSK has won the concept design competition for a sports centre with a stadium at ul. Konwiktorska 6 in Warsaw for the Polonia Warszawa football club.

The winning entry was commended for the cohesion and simplicity of its concept and how it fits into the rest of the city’s Muranów district. The Open Architekci studio came second and JEMS Architekci was third from the 17 studios that had submitted entries. The competition was announced last year on November 15th and its brief was to “create the best architectural and urban solution for Polonia that takes into account the nature of the complex and fits in with the neighbouring buildings and its surroundings”. The designs also had to incorporate parts of the existing complex on the site.

“The work submitted was excellent and it was only the details that actually decided who the winners were,” said Renata Kaznowska, a deputy mayor of Warsaw, at the announcement of the results. For her, what made the winning design stand out was how it devotes 80 pct of the land is to sport. “The stadium building is accessible from all sides. The orderly structure of its colonnades, leaves the façade of the original building open to the square, providing a setting with a spatial frame (...). What stands out is how form and function are integrated in the structure – with the building being closed only where it is required; from most sides the stadium remains open, with no screen walls, which allows the bottom of the stands to be seen, and opens the façade up to the greenery that penetrates the sports and park area,” reads the justification of the jury, which was chaired by Wojciech Grabianowski an architect from German-based studio RKW Architektur. The deputy chair was Warsaw’s city architect Marlena Happach and the remaining jurors were Renata Kaznowska, Piet Eckert from Swiss-based architectural studio E2A; Andrzej Bulanda, from the Association of Polish Architects; Mariusz Czaja and Łukasz Tusiński both of whom are members of the Polonia Warszawa club; Marcin Chruśliński; Konrad Grabowiecki of the Association of Polish Architects; Michał Krasucki, the Conservation Officer of Warsaw; Warsaw city councillor Paweł Lech; Janusz Samel (the director of the Sport and Recreation for Warsaw); Stefan Słupczyński from the Stołeczne Centrum Sportu Aktywna Warszawa sports centre, and Wojciech Wagner, a deputy director of the city of Warsaw’s Office of Architecture and Spatial Planning.

In addition to the cash prize of PLN 100,000 the winner received an invitation to start exclusive negotiations for the design. The project is budgeted at PLN 400 mln with the stadium itself to cost PLN 150 mln. The stands will seat 15,500 people and a youth sports centre, a sports hall and underground parking facilities are also to be built. Although the official completion date for the project has not been announced, the work should end in 2023.

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