There will be few posts with images from this place. There will be because I'll be coming back there many more times. And I will do that because this place is amazing. Simply amazing. On so many levels (and I don't only mean in literal sense as there are all together 8 levels, 8 floors, including 3 below the street level - this place is massive!). It's amazing to me thanks to its brave and stark design which remarkably manages to combine one of a kind architectural structure (literately like nothing I've seen before) and local and historical context making this huge building somehow weirdly fit its surroundings like it was always there or it was always suppose to be there. The Gdansk Second World War museum was designed by Studio Kwadrat in collaboration with interior design studio LOFT Magdalena Adamus. At the heart of the museum, Belgian Tempora studio, a specialist in the field of design, realisation, promotion and management of exhibitions, designed a permanent exhibition of 5000 sqm which makes it one of the largest historical museum exhibitions in the world!
The project first saw a light of day in 2010 when Studio Kwadrat won the competition judged by the panel of experts including Daniel Libeskind. It took over 6 years to finalise which actually is not surprising if take into consideration the politically charged complications for the last couple of years and obviously the scale of the project. Apart from the exhibition space located 14 m under ground featuring thousands of artifacts including 2 actual tanks, a plane and rail carriage, the building fits offices, a cafe bar and a restaurant, a cinema and an auditory, conference rooms and a small hotel...
This place is also amazing to me because of the emotional impact it had on me when I first saw the exhibition. The scale of the exhibition and its "realness" and truthfulness showing the reality of war moved me to tears. I think everyone should go and visit this museum. It is a lesson in history that we should never forget. Especially in these difficult and confusing times for the whole world.
As I said, this is only the first post on my blog from the Second World War Museum in Gdansk, these are my first official pictures. There are so many more angles and so many more spaces I want to show you! For now enjoy my first pictures from the Second World War Museum and feel invited!