Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Michniów

Best Architectural Design for Museum

About the project
The project won the 1st prize in the competition organised by the Kielce Countryside Museum (2009). This is a symbol of the pacification of Michniów and other Polish villages in 1943, during World War II. The form of the building was determined by sculptural inspirations and the unity between the architecture that is being designed and the historical narration. The monolithic body of the Mausoleum consists of 11 segments – entering the premises, the visitor first enters 5 closed segments. The sculptural, degraded part is open to nature, sky and landscape, changing as the weather conditions change. Through the glazing and the rips in the structure one can see the larch crosses surrounding the building. The architecture and progressive degradation of the solid create a unique atmosphere. The light reaches the interior through the cracks; depending on the time of the day and the season, it models the area of the exhibition, located in the closed and open parts of the building.

Michniów 38, 26-130 Suchedniów, Poland

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Applicant and authors of the project
Nizio Design International / Mirosław Nizio.
Nizio Design International, opened in Warsaw in 2002, is one of the most active studios in Poland specialising in designing museums, permanent and temporary exhibitions, and memorials. The company boasts long-standing experience in designing and completing architectural and revitalisation projects. The architects associated with the studio are involved in the implementation of the most essential cultural spaces in the country by providing comprehensive services – opinion polls, analyses, concept.

Project by Mirosław Nizio (author of the design), mgr inż. arch. Bartłomiej Terlikowski (lead architect).
Interior and exhibition: Mirosław Nizio (author of the design), mgr inż. arch. Bartłomiej Terlikowski (lead architect).

Other participants
Investor: Kielce Countryside Museum.
Landscape architecture: mgr inż. arch. kraj. Agnieszka Michalska.
Construction: mgr inż. Cezary Koc, inż. Zbigniew Koc.
General Contractor: Condite (2010—2011), Annabud (2013—2015), Erekta (2018—2020)