The atmosphere of a meeting is created by people, circumstances and also by the history of a given place. We organised another seminar for architects in the old Powiśle power plant (Elektrownia Powiśle)[n1] in Warsaw.
The tender for its construction was announced in 1904. Later the building was extended, for instance in the period between the two world wars. The plant operated even during World War II, providing protection from the occupying forces for the workers employed there. The power station produced energy even during the Warsaw Uprising. In its heyday, it was one of the largest and most modern facilities of its kind in Poland. The production of electricity officially ceased in 2001, and 15 years later the building was acquired by Tristan Capital Partners and White Star Real Estate. Its successful revitalisation brought together history and modernity and today the place is bustling with life, yet has retained its original character.
The architects who accepted our invitation to the seminar in the series “Limitations in architecture. How to overcome them?” could experience this first hand. Our special guest was Katarzyna Kozioł from APA Wojciechowski Architekci, the studio responsible for the “new design” of Powiśle power plant. Upcoming events organised by Scalamid will take place in October and November. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook.