The Polish Theatre in Szczecin

    Competition design: October 2010.

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

    Cooperation: Katarzyna Cielibała, Ewelina Krok, Dariusz Florczak, Dawid Gizicki. Orderer: The Polish Theatre in Szczecin.

    Plot area: 2.9 ha.
    Net area of existing building: 3 491 8 m ².
    Net area of designed building: 5 310 6 m ².
    Summer Shakespearian stage: 600 seats.
    Multipurpose rehearsal stage: 200 seats.
    Experimental / captain's stage: 120 seats.
    Total number of parking spaces: 160.

    Constructed on a slope, the edifice of The Polish Theatre offers one of these special landmarks which are engraved in one's memory. From a passer-by's perspective, this image emerges from behind some greenery. To those in the distance, the Theatre dominates a hill. It has just received three new stages. An observer should perceive their regular forms – conceived of a line and a circle – as a sequence of sights memorized once in a certain park.

    The object of The Polish Theatre in Szczecin is expected to act as a space of theatrical presentations as well as a place of activity zones for various groups of participation in culture and to become a friendly, open and flexible space integrated with the surrounding urban space.

    On one hand, a theatre requires openness and connections with the surrounding functions; on the other hand – considering its character – isolation which would minimize impediments for the local residents. Such a dichotomy needs a spatial solution encouraging people to enter the green park area maximally separated from the surrounding streets and residential buildings.

    These programmatic assumptions guide the authors' intentions accepted in the design:
    - to aim at creating a cooperative complex of the objects of The Theatre connected by a green layout
    - to incorporate open green areas into the range of the impact of the theatrical objects
    - to integrate the external and internal spaces of the theatre
    - to create a maximally open and accessible space on the ground level