Contemporary Architecture among the Monuments of Cracow

By Ewa Burejza.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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In recent years, many new investments of public use have been planned in Cracow. Some of which are based on existing monumental structures. In this paper, I will present the most important of those projects. One of them is Emalia, formerly Oscar Schindler’s Factory, which was stylishly remodeled by the Italian architects Nardi and Proli. The project of Cricoteka Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, which is placed in an old power station, is a brave minimalistic vision of an industrial inspiration. In the building of 19th century barracks, there is going to be Museum of the World War II Home Army. Already realized is an extension of a tenement building located near the Main Square, which is now occupied by International Cultural Centre. The paper will describe Cracow’s approach towards monument preservation and contemporary architecture. Through the presentation of the mentioned projects, which soon will have significant influence on the city landscape, I will discuss experiences about the world tendencies in the heritage preservation and the ways of combining it with modern architecture.

Keywords: Cracow, Heritage Protection, Adaptation, Extension

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.173-184. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.996MB).

Ewa Burejza

PhD Student, Institute of History of Architecture and Monument Preservation, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow, Małopolska, Poland

In 2001, Ewa Burejza started architectural studies at Cracow University of Technology. Three years later, Burejza started working as second faculty in matters concerning the history of art and monumental painting. In 2008, Burejza completed a postgraduate course about the preservation of monuments. In 2009, Burejza started a PhD studies at the Faculty of Architecture at Cracow University of Technology under the guidance of Maciej Motak. The subject of the research is new forms of architecture merged with monumental buildings. The comparison is made between chosen cities included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Burejza works as an Architect in Pracownia Projektowa Archex s.c. in Bielsko-Biała, and is the originator and main administrator of, a web portal about contemporary architecture among the monuments.