Chopin Music Centre


Client: The Fryderyk Chopin Institute

Location: Żelazowa Wola, Poland

Status: International competition - Shortlisted

Architect: Flanagan Lawrence

Landscape Architect: Marta Tomasiak

Structural Engineer: K2SE

Acoustician: Arup

A shortlisted competition proposal for a new music centre in the park in Żelazowa Wola, the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin.

The form of the building is designed in a way that preserves the natural values of the landscape and respects the context of the site, while creating spatial links through the park. The building’s orientation creates extensive public space in the north of the site, while situating building services to the south, as well as the entrance to the underground car park and technical areas.

The music, training, education and conference facilities are clustered around the public foyer spaces, whose location are dictated by the aim to provide direct visual and spatial links with the surrounding park. The centre’s elegant wooden façade suggests the form of a pergola, and its expansive glazing ensures the public spaces flow into the interior.