Museum of Fire by OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci

Museum of Fire
Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

The story of Museum of Fire started when we were asked to design exposition pavilion that should promote the city of Żory and to showcase its offerings to newcomers, tourists, partners and investors as well.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

The pavilion was to be situated with prominence on an exposed site near the main access road to the city. The plot had a lot of disadvantages, especially a great number of underground infrastructure that left only very strange, irregular shaped piece of land to build on.

Museum of Fire
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We were not able for a long time to come up with any reasonable solution. We started to study again and again the commision. We were seeking for the crucial factor that should define the design – the main idea.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

The name of the city – Żory means “fire”, ”burnt”, “flames”. In XII century, when Żory was founded, forest was burnt in order to create free space for the new city. This tradition is still alive – there is a Festival of Fire in summer, and the logo of the city is a small Flame.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

It became obvious to us, that a building should look like a fire. The strange shape on the plot suddenly started to resemble dancing flames. The idea started to crystallize.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

The building consists of three independent walls that “swim” next to each other. Their composition and shapes covered with copper plates resemble dancing flames. Spaces between the walls are fully glazed forming entrances to the pavilion.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

Walls are made of architectural concrete, covered on the outside with copper and left untouched inside. The floor is paved with black stone, and continued to the outdoor elements.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

During the construction, when the ground was excavated, our client came with an idea to use the underground space to place a big exhibition hall there. That’s how we came up with the idea that the whole building should become the Museum of Fire.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

Finally the building has three entrances. There is a multifunctional hall and reception/information on the ground floor and an exposition hall underground. With restrooms and technical rooms the program is complete. Intensive landscaping is surrounding the Museum.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

The building and the landscape work together createa symbiosis of space consisting of Museum itself, pedestrian paths running through the pavilion and green walkways. There is a Garden of Fire foreseen – an outdoor exhibition space along the country road nr 81 that will be used during Festival of Fire.  Source by OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci.

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

Location: Zory, Poland
Architects: OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci
Architect In Charge: Barbara Grąbczewska, Oskar Grąbczewski
Project Team: Beata Kosok, Marta Musiał, Agnieszka Krzysztonek, Martyna Wojtuszek
Costruction: Voyage Sp. z o.o.,
Year: 2014
Client: City of Żory, Nowe Miasto Żory
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski/Archifolio

Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio
Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio
Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio
Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio
Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio
Museum of Fire
Photo © Tomasz Zakrzewski – Archifolio

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