On October 16 and 17 an inaugural concert marked the opening of the ICE Kraków Congress Centre designed by the Polish architectural practice Ingarden & Ewy Architekci in partnership with Arata Isozaki & Associates.
A large glass foyer mediates the relationship between the contemporary organic form of the new building and the Krakow landmark, offering panoramic views of a number of key points in the city including the river, the historic city centre and Wawel castle.
The project was conducted in partnership with ARUP, who took care of technical aspects and the building’s acoustic design. The ICE Kraków Congress Centre is more than just a congress centre, for it is designed to host a variety of events including classical and contemporary music concerts. The main auditorium has 1800 seats, in addition to a 600 seat theatre and another 300 seat hall as well as offices, service areas and underground parking.
Project: Ingarden & Ewy Architekci (Krzysztof Ingarden, Jacek Ewý)
Design Consultant: Arata Isozaki & Associates
Interior Design: Ingarden & Ewý Architekci
Pracownia S.C.: arch. Agnieszka Cwynar-Łaska, arch. Marta Spodar
Acoustics: ARUP Acoustics – Ove Arup & Partners International Limited, Wielka Brytania (Raf Orlowski, Neil Woodger)
Stage Technology: ARUP Venue Consulting (Sam Wise)
Structure: Project Service s.c.
Hvac, Electrical System: Ove Arup & Partners International Limited sp. z o.o. Branch in Poland
Landscape Design: Land Arch s.c.
Location: Krakow, Poland
Images courtesy of ARUP, © Ingarden & Ewy Architekci