World Architecture Festival 2016 Grand Prix for The Dialogue Centre Upheavals

The National Museum in Szczecin – The Dialogue Centre Upheavals has been awarded World Building of the Year 2016 prize at World Architecture Festival 2016. Earlier, on Wednesday, November 16th the building was awarded the first prize in “Culture” category at the same festival.


The National Museum in Szczecin – The Dialogue Centre Upheavals was designed by Robert Konieczny from KWK Promes studio. The construction is based on using une material: pre-cast concrete. Its sunken form prevents it from covering the view of the neighbouring Szczecin Philharmonic building – the winner of 2015 Mies van der Rohe award.

The Jury, chaired by David Chipperfield, stated that Konieczny's design “enriches the city and the life of the city. This is a piece of topography as well as a museum. To go underground is to explore the memory and archaeology of the city, while above ground the public face of the building, including its undulating roof, and be interpreted and used in a variety of ways. This is a design which addresses the past in an optimistic, poetic and imaginative way”.


World Architecture Festival awards are aimed at presenting the best architecture of recent 12 months. The National Museum in Szczecin – The Dialogue Centre Upheavals was chosen from a list of 16 other projects. Last year's World Building of the Year award was won by Scheeren for blocks of flats project.


World Architecture Festival 2016

The first edition of World Architecture Festival took place in 2008 in Barcelona. Successful promotion and organization of the competition soon turned it into one of the most important architecture events. Further editions of the festival took place in Barcelona, then it was moved to Singapore. According to the organizers, it was Far East where, due to investors' financial possibilities, the most innovative designs appeared. This year's edition returned to Europe – main festival events took place in Berlin from November 16th to 18th.

On account of the return to the old continent, more European works took part in the competition, including those from Poland. In this year's shortlist there are as many as nine Polish designs, including two from Szczecin. The “Mixed Use” category nominations include Apartment Building 'Kurkowa 14' & Office Building 'Dubois 41' in Wrocław by Maćków Pracownia Projektowa. Among the “Culture” category projects there are Centrum Kulturalno-Kongresowe Jordanki in Toruń designed by Menis Arquitectos, Silesian Museum in Katowice by Riegler Riewe Architekten and The Dialogue Centre Upheavals by KWK Promes. Three buildings have been awarded honorary mentions in “House” category: Field House in Głogów by Blank Architects, Living-Garden House in Izbica and Konieczny's Ark – both by KWK Promes. Szczecin Ampitheatre by Flangan Lawrence has been nominated in “Future Projects” category, together with Filling Station of the Future in Warsaw by KAMJZ. The last one has been also nominated in “Infrastructure” category.

The buildings were assessed by the jury consisting of Ole Scheeren – the author of The Interlace building (awarded in 2015), Louisa Hutton from Sauerbruch Hutton studio, Christoph Ingenhoven from Ingenhoven Architects and David Chipperfield from David Chipperfield Architects.



The building of The National Museum in Szczecin – The Dialogue Centre Upheavals has also been awarded a prestigious European Prize for Urban Public Space 2016. The design by Robert Konieczny was also awarded in the competition of Towarzystwo Urbanistów Polskich (Polish Town Planners Association), Silesian branch of Stowarzyszenie Architektów Polskich (Polish Architects' Association) and a prestigious museum Sybilla award.