I would like to share with you some of the most striking and interesting architectural sights in Poland. I have already written about Warsaw and its historical places, now I want to familiarize you with the beauty of some of the newest Polish pieces of architecture such as the Warsaw University Library and the Stary Browar (the Old Brewery) in Poznan.
The Warsaw University Library
The ultra-modern building of the Warsaw University Library was opened in 1999. The biggest attraction of the Library is the roof garden, which spreads over the area of more than 1 hectare making it the most spectacular roof gardens in Europe. It was designed by a famous Polish landscape architect Irena Bajerska. The garden is open to the general public and has a lookout tower where you can admire the picturesque Vistula River, the Świętokrzyski Bridge, and the newly opened Copernicus Science Centre. What is more, the visitors can have a sneak peak at the inside of the library through special windows, or the glass roof itself.
Stary Browar in Poznan was built on the premises of the former Hugger Brewery, which origins go back to the year 1844. The first part of the building was opened in 2003 and was called the Atrium. This commercial section of Stary Browar hosts over hundred shops, restaurants and offices. Right from the start Stary Browar was more than just a shopping centre. At opening Igor Mitoraj’s sculpture “Moonlight” was placed in the main hall accompanied by a number of other pieces of well-known artists that were incorporated in the design.
In 2005 Stary Browar was awarded the title of the best shopping centre in Europe as well as the world’s best shopping centre in the category of medium-sized shopping centres. The committee of the International Council of Shopping Centres appreciated not only the architecture but also the unique combination of cultural activity and commerce. Known as “the idea 50 50”, the buildings are devoted to both shopping as well as cultural experience, being a host to many concerts both modern and classical and a variety of exhibitions. In 2007 the Arcade – an extension of Stary Browar along with the renovated Courtyard of Art were opened. This time the Council acclaimed the building as the most beautiful in the world!