Poland is experiencing an unprecedented boom in the construction industry. All sectors within the industry are very expansive, particularly in the metropolitan areas. New theatres, museums, concert halls and other public buildings are among the ventures currently being built. Old buildings are being refurbished as well as new build. Thanks to a close cooperation with its Polish partner; Inside, Poland.
There are several reasons for the number of projects in Poland. Since its membership in the European Union back in 1994 many projects are part financed that way as well as a high number of foreign direct investments, both in public and private buildings. A recently opened project well worth mentioning is the Music School in Jaroslaw. The building itself is old and the fundraising had been going on for years trying to finance a refurbishment of the auditorium which was in disrepair.
Funds were eventually in place, and in 2011 the doors opened to the renovated school. The result was more than successful, both from an aesthetic as well as an acoustic viewpoint. With walls and ceilings decked in Gustafs Panel System the building is a perfect example of where form, beauty and function meet. Performers and audience alike are very happy with the result.
“Here we have a spectacular reference object that we can refer to when we sell the core values of what is possible using the Gustafs Panel System – both in form and function” – says Wojciech Krokowski, owner and managing director of Inside, Gustafs Polish distributor of more than 17 years. “I like when architects use the panels in a more creative way, giving them new life”, he continues.
The latter became apparent in March 2013 when the student competition arranged by Inside and Gustafs took place. Students were tasked to design an aesthetically appealing, comfortable and inviting lecture hall using Gustafs Panel System in an innovative and creative way.
No less than 33 entries were submitted, and the winner (a team from the University of Krakow) shared the purse of PLN 5000. The idea behind the competition is to get younger architects to discover Gustafs and all its possibilities.
Veneer used in Jaroslaw Music School in Poland is:
Gemini, oak, plain and perforated (SH8)
Painted, RAL 7040
Architect: Agnieszka Wazny