LOCATION: Warsaw, Poland
CLIENT: Warsaw Capital City
PROGRAM: Warsaw uprising memorial pavilion next to the Warsaw Insurgents Cemetery
SIZE: Pavilion 265m2
TEAM: Guillermo Reynés, Álvaro Pérez, Marta Wieczorkiewicz, András Papp, Marcin Adamczyk, Mikolaj Zajda
The construction of an architectural pavilion on a historic event of the magnitude of the Warsaw uprising is a fact that has to go beyond mere architectural design. The cultural, patriotic, passionate and historical background is so important that it must form an intrinsic part of the monument itself. It is not enough with the future exhibition content of the pavilion: this historical weight must be present from the conception and materialization of the pavilion.
The uprising was an achievement where a few people achieved much; the pavilion wants to recover this spirit of sacrifice and unity and transmit it in the construction of an architectural object.
How to transmit a feeling in a place, in a building?
The project starts from the park, the place, its urban context. The construction of the pavilion has to serve to re-order and adapt the park. The pavilion serves as a link between the different elements of the park. The chosen position articulates the space in such a way as to create a new central space that was previously completely unused: the pavilion, the existing monument and the cemetery surround the sunken lake accessed by a new natural grandstand. In this way a central, solemn space is created, suitable for reflection and celebration of events related to heroes. This new space can be seen from the entrance, by means of a balcony, but to access it you have to cross the park, viewing the pavilion, the monument and part of the cemetery. In this way the pavilion forms part of a new monumental "circuit" around the natural space of reflection.
The pavilion itself is the actual uprising. It is a natural sequence of rising: from the ground of the park begin to ascend the walls that form the pavilion in two clear directions: one more landscaping that crosses the park, and another, narrow and monumental, that leads us directly to the monument. The different parts of the pavilion emerge from these walls that grow like the rising, sometimes they are pierced to allow visuals to the park.