First prize in the nationwide architectural competition 2011.
Competition work carried out in collaboration with the "Abies" Landscape Architecture Studio.
PHA, as part of a competition team produced a concept for the redevelopment of a historic bunker into a small building with an exhibition function and a park café.
In Krasinski Garden there is an underground bunker, built just before World War II for the Mayor of Warsaw as a centre for the defence of the capital. The walls are specially reinforced and the 130 cm thick ceiling has been reinforced from below with corrugated metal sheets to protect against concrete splinters in case of airplane bombs. The doors are also of a special thickness.
The main intention of the interior composition is to juxtapose the exposed, uneven texture of the exterior walls of the underground shelter with the smooth concrete, steel and glass surfaces of the contemporary building. A small park café is located on the ground floor, while the underground floor contains the shelter's exhibition, toilets and a small conference room. The concrete part of the building provides the foundation for the steel roof structure. Transverse ribs of toughened and laminated glass are bolted to the I-beams, providing bracing for the external walls and the supporting structure for the glass sections of the roof.
Opposite the entrance, between the trees, a cross dedicated to the memory of Polish soldiers from the 'Chrobry I' battalion of the AK is visible. It forms the background for a delicate inscription printed on the glass wall of the pavilion. The contents of the inscription are the best-known words of Warsaw's President Starzyński:
"I wanted Warsaw to be great. I believed that it would be great. I and my colleagues drew up plans, made sketches of the great Warsaw of the future. And Warsaw is great. It came sooner than we thought. Not in fifty years, not in a hundred, but today I see a great Warsaw. As I speak to you now, I see it through the windows in all its grandeur and glory, surrounded by clouds of smoke, blighted by flames of fire, a magnificent, indestructible, great, fighting Warsaw. And although where there were to be magnificent orphanages - the rubble lies, although where there were to be parks - today there are barricades thickly covered with corpses, although our libraries are burning, although our hospitals are burning - not in fifty years, not in a hundred, but today Warsaw, defending the honour of Poland, is at the height of its greatness and glory."
The reconstruction of the shelter was temporarily abandoned due to lack of funding.
Authors of the architectural part: Piotr Hardecki, Marta Czarnomska-Siecke