Industrial heritage and art. Contemporary adaptations of post-industrial architecture in the selected areas of Upper Silesia and Dąbrowa Coal Basin

Przemysław Gawęda, Tomasz Wagner, Sebastian Wróblewski, Martina Peřinková



The main aim of the present paper is to present the latest architectural design achievements in the field of the adaptations of the post-industrial heritage in two neighbouring and culturally closely linked regions: Upper Silesia (Śląsk) and Dąbrowa Coal Basin (Zagłębie) for the new functions and to validate the potential of use of the unique combination of industrial architecture and art. The research focuses on the architecture which was designed for the local industry from the period: from the late 19th century to the 1st half of the 20th century modernism and adaptations and renovations of that industrial architecture for new functions associated with art: museums, art centres, art and exhibition galleries. That architectural heritage with its unique spatial, light and detail solutions and even industrial equipment preserved in situ, used both as a background and main exhibition, serve especially as an interesting space for the modern and contemporary art exhibitions and art activities. This paper presents similarities and differences in analyzed architectural adaptations of the post industrial heritage in Czech and Polish regions.

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