Glass elevation on Krawiecka street in Wroclaw

Wroclaw, Poland
2010

In 2009, in the center of Wrocław on Krawiecka street 1-3 a hotel, service and apartment complex called “Just In Center” was completed. It was designed by ARCH-E Biuro Projektowe (ARCH-E Office of Design). The architects knew that they were building a modern building in the same spot, where the monumental neo-baroque Old Post Office stood from 1888 until the end of WW2. The elevation of this historic building had been designed by Walter Kyllmann and Adolph Heyden, architects from Berlin.

Wanting to preserve the “spirit” of the old architecture, architect Marek Skorupski invited Tomasz Urbanowicz to collaborate with him. Urbanowicz created a modern glass elevation inspired by the nonexistent body of the post office. The elevation marks the main entrance to the building and thanks to its transparency and the way it plays with the light it livens up the hall and street showing the author’s respect for history. This work of art is 10 meters tall.