The Centre of Culture and Art "Falcon" in Stary Sącz

    Interchangeable construction design : July 2008.

    Implementation design: July 2008.

    Implementation: April 2009.

    Architecture: KKM Kozień Architects.

    Construction: Bureau of Designs of Building and Engineering Constructions KONSPROJEKT.

    Electricity and teletechnology: Eng. Krzysztof Burczak, Eng. Krzysztof Domagalik.

    Sanitary installations: M.Sc. Mariusz Ciapała, Eng. Mirosław Olszowski.

    Investor: The Office of the Town and Commune of Stary Sącz.

    Development plot: 583 67 m ².
    Total area: 1 455 78 m ².
    Internal area: 895 93 m ².
    Gross cubature: 7 959 44 m ³.
    Hall: 214 spectators.

    The theme of the project was an interchangeable construction design of rebuilding the edifice of the Centre of Culture and Art "Falcon" in Stary Sącz.

    The existing building of the Centre of Culture in Stary Sącz was constructed in 1910 and then rebuilt in the 1960s. The building was preserved till today without any significant changes which did not influence its spatial and functional layout.

    However, this building got technically degraded and was far from the requirements of contemporary spectator objects. That is why in the middle of the first decade of this century a decision was taken to rebuild and extend it. Concepts of rebuilding and extending were prepared by Architect Janusz Loesch from Nowy Sącz who gave the basis for the construction design of the 1st stage (rebuilding the existing object).

    The idea of the design was to gain a functional and spatial solution fulfilling the requirements of a contemporary spectator object with the preservation of some elements of the original form of this object. The objective was to gain a compositionally homogeneous spatial form and to refer to the principle of the architectonic composition of the creation of bonds between memories of a bygone epoch and the present day, a combination of the existing matter with a new spatial layout.

    The shape and limiting outlines of the building were preserved in its original form with the introduction of an external steel escape staircase on its back wall and a side descent onto the pit level.

    In order to gain an additional usable space for the stage backup, the mezzanine level received the following rooms: cloakrooms and dressing rooms with bathrooms for the actors, two separated storerooms for the elements of the pit equipment and set design connected with the stage by means of the pit and the trapdoor.