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The realisation is the result of an international competition to transform a dilapidated old slaughterhouse in the Czech city of Ostrava into the PLATO Gallery of Contemporary Art. The walls of the slaughterhouse were dilapidated and battered in many places by huge holes. The soot-reddened brickwork bore witness to the city's industrial history. We took these deficiencies at face value and added another layer to the history of the building, which is under conservation protection. We were allowed to preserve the character of the soiled brick and the windows, and to fill in the openings in the walls with contemporary material while retaining the old ornamentation of the brick walls. We also used the adopted principle of recreating all non-existent elements of the building from micro-concrete to rebuild the collapsed section of the slaughterhouse.

StudioKWK Promes
AuthorRobert Konieczny
Michał Lisiński
Dorota Skóra
Social mediawww.facebook.com/p/KWK-PROMES-100044586932677
Co-authorTadeáš Goryczka, Marek Golab-Sieling
Design teamAgnieszka Wolny-Grabowska, Krzysztof Kobiela, Adrianna Wycisło, Mateusz Białek, Jakub Bilan, Wojciech Fudala, Katarzyna Kuzior, Karol Knap, Damian Kuna, Magdalena Orzeł-Rurańska, Elżbieta Siwiec, Anna Szewczyk, Jakub Pielecha, Kinga Wojtanowska
PhotographerJuliusz Sokołowski, www.juliuszsokolowski.pl
Jakub Certowicz, www.jakubcertowicz.pl
CollaboratorStructural engineers and building services engineers: MS – Projekce
Landscape architect: Denisa Tomášková
Main contractor of the building: Zlínstav
Main contractor of the surroundings: K2 stavební Moravia