MAGNOLIA PAVILION / POLAND
The Magnolia Pavilion Cultural Centre is based on the site of an old amphitheater in Cieszyn, a city located on the Czech border in south Poland which is well known for numerous cultural and artistic events. The main aim of the project was to create a space for art and science which would facilitate cultural development in the area. This project is notable for the versatility and complexity of the design, as well as for the integration of various functions.
The redevelopment preserves the original purpose of the old amphitheater, whilst extending its functionality to make it suitable for various events, performances and conferences, and creates an open public space which is very necessary for the area.
The building consists of two parts. The underground part is the heart of the project which provides basic functions such as a reading room, restaurant, auditorium, and a circular courtyard which directly reflects the shape of the amphitheater.
An important aspect of the design which highlights the difference between the two sections of the building is the camouflaging of this underground part, whose grass-covered fifth elevation blends into the surroundings, masking the building and creating the feeling of a meadow in the center of the town.
At ground level, the pavilion serves as an art gallery and open event space. The pavilion is constructed from concrete, steel and features movable glass walls which make it possible to open the whole structure, thereby letting the delicate curtains with their magnolia petal patterns blow in the wind.