The Seat of National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra


Architectural Design of the Year, Poland

Name of project:

The Seat of National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Type of project:

public, cultural, concert

Street & City where project is located:

Kilar's Square 1, Katowice

Total space (not leasable space): 43 255,70 m2

Name(s) of investor(s):

Municipality of Katowice




Tomasz Konior

Short information about architectural firm(s) :

KoniorStudio, run by Tomasz Konior since 1995, with the head office in Katowice and a branch in Warsaw, recognized especially for public buildings: schools, concert halls and office buildings.

Brief information about the project from an architectural point of view:

The Seat of NOSPR is a part of the so-called Axis of Culture, the revival of the post-mining area. It is a combination of modernity and tradition, of which the facades are the perfect reflection: crafts made brick walls burned using old Silesian recipes and the skin that wraps the concrete prefabricated pillars which hide all the noisy infrastructure without negative effects on the acoustic qualities inside. The entire building is full of crafts, hand-made elements in concrete, wood, brick and stone, yet sophisticated technologies and contemporary designs. The outer building forms a white ring made of stone and marble - the space for musicians. The atrium is the space for music lovers, while the inner building - the concert hall is the place of a meeting of both - musicians and music lovers. The unique instrument-like shape provides extraordinary acoustics. The best practices of music halls from around the world, including historical, gained a new contemporary dimension here.

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