The Faculty of History at the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań

    Competition design: October 2011

    Authors: Marek Kozień, Ph.D. Arch., Magdalena Kozień-Woźniak, Ph.D. Arch., Katarzyna Kozień-Kornecka, M.Sc. Arch.

    Cooperation: Magdalena Habrat-Rączka, Michał Rączka, Ewelina Michalik- Krok, Beata Tokarska, Jakub Kornecki, Marcin Gierbienis, Wojciech Miętka

    Orderer: A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań

    Plot area: 5.07 ha
    Development area: 8 765 m²
    Net area of the buidling of the Faculty of History: 14 184 m²
    Net area of the AMU Archives building: 2 890 m²

    The building of the Faculty of History together with the Archives of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań is located on the grounds of the University Campus in Morasko in the vicinity of the implemented building of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Journalism and the implemented buildings of the Faculty of Chemistry and the Centre of Advanced Technologies. The designed object of the Faculty of History together with the AMU Archives should be of the character of a friendly, open and flexible space integrating public spaces intended in the target plan of the University Campus (by Arch. J. Gurawski).

    On the one hand, it requires wide opening and some connections with the surrounding functions. On the other hand – considering its character – it needs to gain some isolated spaces conducive to scientific and educational activity.

    These programmatic assumptions define the authorial intentions adopted in this design:

    • to aim at creating an urban layout strongly related to the planning guidelines for the Campus and the solutions of the neighbouring objects,
    • to incorporate some open areas of greenery into the influential range of this object,
    • to integrate the external and internal space,
    • to combine the entrance space in the designed object with the entrance complex in the building of the Faculty of Chemistry,
    • to create a maximally open and accessible “threshold” space in the form of a spatially separated entrance square within this object,
    • to introduce some green courtyards and green terraces as the recreation zone,
    • to create interiors with diverse heights and a considerable range of limiting building obstacles as barriers to the flexible division of the internal space,
    • to gain a recognizable and individualized architectural form.