Reconstruction of four halls of the total useful area of over 4,782 m2, creation of underground and overground connecting passages, as well as basements – these are the tasks Budimex S.A. will carry out in Kraków. In total, approx. 2,200 m2 of additional space in the Museum of Municipal Engineering will be created. Modernisation will be completed until 2020 and will cost over net PLN 225 million.
On 12 March, the Polish leader of the construction industry, Budimex S.A., entered into agreement on reconstruction of Museum of Municipal Engineering in Kraków. After changes, the institution will be provided with additional exhibition area, as well as a cafeteria, a museum shop, and educational and conference rooms. Thanks to the modernisation, it will become a modern cultural institution.
More space for engineering relics
The Museum buildings complex is situated in a former tram and bus depot. It was built in the years 1882 – 1938, and was reconstructed multiple times. Over the years, the functions of the complex changed several times – the buildings were used as e.g. stables and a horsecar station, and then as bus depots and workshops. The Museum of Municipal Engineering has been operating here since 1998. Growing resources of the institution prompted its management to expand the complex.
The reconstruction of the institution was complicated by the fact that the museum is located on the land listed in the world heritage list of UNESCO. Therefore, the only possibility was to expand the underground part.
“The museum in Kraków will be provided with e.g. basements of halls D, E and H. While in hall L, we will build a new underground building. The investment will be complemented with glazed connecting passages between the halls, both overground and underground”
The main goal of reconstruction of the Museum of Municipal Engineering is increasing the exhibition area and improvement of communication in the facility.
“Via connections between particular rooms and connecting passages, we want to create a logical tour route, and thus significantly improve comfort of visits in the museum”
The tour route of the museum will start in hall D, where the visitors service centre will be located. The route through remaining rooms will be intuitive, and the tour will end in the place where it started.