“The Congress Centre has completed Krakow’s offer regarding organization of conventions and concerts. Its designers, Ingarden & Ewý – Architects and Arata Isozaki & Associates, made sure that the building meets the requirements of international convention organizations as well as the highest acoustics standards.
Events for over 2000 participants will be organized inthe Congress Centre. The Auditorium Hall will facilitate organization of events on a larger or smaller scale: such as symphonic concerts, musical and ballet performances, as well as conventions with more than 2000 participants.
The second largest hall, i.e. the Theatre Hall for 600 people, will be equipped with a foldable stand which will make it possible to expand the floor surface for the purposes of receptions or exhibitions. There will also be the Chamber Hall with 300 seats for the audience, and a possibility to divide it into two halls with 150 seats each.
The building façade will be partly glazed and partly covered with ceramic, limestone, granite and sandstone tiles, with different shades and shapes forming a characteristic mosaic. This solution is to be associated with traditional construction materials used over the centuries on Wawel Hill.
The Congress Centre will add to Krakow’s strong position in the ratings of cities which organize artistic events and conventions. The building has modern form, yet fits the vicinity of the Wawel Hill and is bound to become flagship of Krakow’s architecture.” Jacek Majchrowski Mayor of the City of Krakow.
Over 36.000 m² of conference space, an Auditorium ready to host 2000 people, a spacious and multifunctional foyer, adapted for activities such as hosting of exhibitions and sponsor and exhibition stands, and the building’s excellent location in the centre of Krakow, these are only some of the assets of the multifunctional ICE Congress Centre that is being erected in Krakow, an investment made by Krakow’s municipal government.
The centre will be a modern world class building, meeting the requirements of international congress organisations, as well as the highest acoustic and stage mechanics standards. The building has been designed in such a way as to host various types of congresses, conferences, concerts, theatrical shows, exhibitions and other prestigious cultural and social events.
The high standard of the building will place it among the most prestigious and exclusive congress centres in Europe. ICE will have three main halls at its disposition: an Auditorium, a Theatre Hall and Chamber Hall, accommodating a maximum of 2100, 600 and 300 users respectively.
Aside from the unique Auditorium Hall, the second biggest Theatre Hall is especially deserving of note: its folding seats will allow the floor area to be increased when being used for banquets or exhibitions.
The centre, able to accommodate 200 participants, will also offer a complex o conference halls with regulated moveable walls, a glazed three-floor foyer with a view of Wawel, amultifunctional exhibition hall and support areas.
Around the Centre, a special complex for transportation will be erected encompassing ground level parking lots, a bus and minibus terminal and an area for mobile transmission units, as well as a two-level underground parking lot for 360 vehicles. Source by icekrakow.
Location: Krakow, Poland
Architect: Ingarden & Ewý Architects, Arata Isozaki & Associates
Project Manager: Piotr Urbanowicz
Project Team: Jacek Dubiel, Piotr Hojda, Sebastian Machaj, Jakub Wagner, Tomasz Koral, Piotr Kita
Acoustics: Raf Orlowski, ARUP Acoustics
Structure: Jerzy Gundelach, Włodzimierz Jacek Jędrychowski
Area: 36,000 m2
Photographs: Ingarden & Ewy Architekci, Paweł Krawczyk
Article by Marco Rinaldi