Museum of Modern Art Warsaw

  • The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and TR Warszawa Theatre form the new cultural center of the city of Warsaw. The cultural complex is located in Plac Defilad at the base of the Palace of Culture and Science, a Soviet era skyscraper, on a 22-acre site that connects the city and the public Park Swiętokrzyski. The buildings are 85-feet tall and form an L-shaped complex. The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw is composed of white concrete. The four-story building includes galleries, arts storage, administration, education, cafe, retail space, and visitor services. The building is permeated with daylight from skylights in the roof. The monumental staircase in the shape of a double helix gives visitors access to the top galleries and city rooms, which offer views of the urban skyline.
    The national TR Warszawa Theatre has an articulated, dark steel facade. The theater building is designed to accommodate over 800 seated guests at four stages and two large rehearsal rooms. In addition to performance areas, the project includes administrative offices, costume and set shops, restaurant, and a cafe. The theater has a set of large garage style doors at the ground level opening to the public and the adjacent square. The museum and theater buildings connect across an intimate public forum, shaded with trees. The buildings are designed to span the subway and major utilities below ground. The Museum of Modern Art Warsaw and TR Warszawa Theatre constitute the national arts precinct of Poland in Warsaw, giving a modern form to the rich cultural heritage of the city.