Polish Aviation Museum

  • From above, the building resembles an aircraft propeller.
  • Arup’s engineering expertise helped achieve the architect’s vision in architectural concrete.

The Polish Aviation Museum in Krakow opened in 2010 and houses exhibition, education and administrative facilities.

The building has been nominated for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe Award from the European Union for Contemporary Architecture.

Its distinctive, modern design is directly inspired by aeronautical themes and the history of the site – previously the Rakowice-Czyzny airport. From above, the building resembles an aircraft’s propeller.

Built using architectural concrete, the 4,500m2 building houses exhibition spaces, a cinema and a conference room in two of its wings. The third contains a library, cafeteria and museum offices.

Arup’s work included analysis and development of the competition concept and design, preparing building permit documentation and supervising aspects of the construction.

The firm’s structural, mechanical, electrical and public health (SMEP) expertise enabled the architectural vision to be fully reflected in the building's final shape.

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  • Polish Aviation Museum, Krakow. Credit Pysall Ruge Architects.Open gallery

    The design is directly inspired by aeronautical themes and the history of the site as an airport.

  • Propellor-shape design of Polish Aviation Museum. Credit Daniel Libeskind.Open gallery

    From above, the propeller-inspired design can be clearly seen.