Museum interiors were realized as a consortium IQ consisting of nsMoonStudio, the consortium leader, and Wizja.
The modern and raw interiors of Cricoteka, created by Krakow architects, are the result of carefully considered architectural solutions inspired by a unique sketch by Tadeusz Kantor entitled “Man Table.”
Cracow building’s form takes the shape of two spans that resemble a suspension bridge supported by three massive pillars. These pillars feature a construction of concrete trusses of impressive dimensions. The lacy concrete structures are revealed through the perforated corten facade, creating an extraordinary visual effect.
The primary goal of this architectural project was to create spacious exhibition spaces, including an extensive underground foyer, giving it a distinctive atmosphere. Cricoteka’s interiors reflect brutalist minimalism, serving as a backdrop and a source of inspiration for events and exhibitions related to the work of Tadeusz Kantor and other artists collaborating with him.
Masive staircases were designed with modular elements, their starkness harmonizing perfectly with the structural materials of steel and concrete. The play of lights created by the perforated facade softens the massiveness of the structure, resulting in a unique effect.
At night, the building’s skeleton becomes visible on the facade, revealing the life and activity within, emphasizing its vitality. The perforated corten coating dominates aesthetically and is equally impressive when viewed from the inside.
The exhibition rooms were designed with the flexibility to operate with natural daylight, making them suitable for both permanent and changing exhibitions due to their spaciousness.
An exceptional feature of the interior is the courtyard, which serves as both an indoor and outdoor space, thanks to the overhang in the new part of the building. This allows casual observers to easily immerse themselves in the world of art and culture, creating a unique experience.