The "New Sukiennice" project


Marta Zielińska-Jędo

Nobody needs telling by now that the cloth hall (Sukiennice) in the heart of the Market Square is an architectural and cultural beauty beyond prize. It was decided some years ago, however, that the history and beauty of the thing were not matched by its state of repair or technical facilities. And so, with help from the Norway Fund and the ‘financial mechanism’ of the EEA (European Economic Area) was born ‘project new Sukiennice’. That was in August 2007, which means that the Sukiennice-as-building-site we see today has already been around for what seems like historical time, especially when you consider that the project was preceded by an earlier phase of work on paving or somesuch from about 2005/6. Throw in an archaeological dig and some fun and games in the catacombs and you’ve got a situation in which few of us can remember how things were before work began. Anyhow, the work obviously needs to be done and the primary aims of the project are to preserve the historical tissue of the building, to protect its stocks of art, and to create a modern museum that best addresses the expectations and meets the needs of the modern art lover and tourist.

Tags: architecture, museum, art, Cloth Hall, Sukiennice, Market Square, project, archeology
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