Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Oy, Pracownia Kuryłowicz & Associates
Arts & Culture
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a museum in Warsaw which documents the centuries-old history of Jews in Poland. Unlike other similar institutions of this type, this museum is not only focused on World War II and the Holocaust, but also describes the Jewish contributions to Polish culture, economy and science. The museum building was designed by the architect Rainer Mahlamäki, who was partnered by the Polish architectural studio Kuryłowicz & Associates. The innovative shape of the building seamlessly fits into the surrounding park and corresponds well with the nearby Ghetto Heroes Monument. The ambiguity of the building’s architecture has not gone unnoticed worldwide and has been granted the International Architecture Award by the Chicago Atheneum in 2008, the Eurobuild Award in the category of Architectural Design of the Year in 2013, as well as the Award of the Association of the Polish Architects. We’ve equipped the museum with comprehensive indoor and outdoor lighting. Simple, subtle linear lighting systems perfectly highlight the raw, remarkable shapes in the interiors, whereas delicate, concentrated outdoor lighting emphasizes the intertwining light and shadows on the glass façade of the building.