‘Tired and dreary’ museum to get glamorous new makeover – and the results are stunning
The Museum of Municipal Engineering is about to get a new look, which will make it modern, interactive and engaging for visitors of all ages.
Founded in 1998, the museum is currently located on St Wawrzyniec Street in Kraków, inside the former depot building of the first narrow-gauge electric tram.
Its exhibits span transport and engineering, from the development of the automotive sector in Poland to the history of public transport in Kraków.
Now the permanent exhibition will be redesigned by studios chosen in a competition organised by the museum.
It was won by a consortium made up of two Polish studios: Koza Nostra Studio and Stellar Fireworks.
Based in Kraków, Koza Nostra Studio has designed numerous museum exhibitions in different parts of Poland in the past.
Based in Gdańsk, design and production studio Stellar Fireworks helps create unique physical and digital experiences for clients ranging from companies to cultural institutions.
Together, the design studios will help the museum tell a story about the development of engineering technology in Kraków and beyond.
“The history of municipal engineering is not just the invention of new solutions, but, above all, their implementation and dissemination, permanently introducing them into everyday use,” they wrote in their project proposal.
The new exhibition will examine municipal engineering in a multi-layered way, linking it to related fields such as road construction, security and ecology.
It will also show visitors “what a complicated organism the modern city is,” according to the museum’s website.
Koza Nostra Studio and Stellar Fireworks’ design will combine historical items from the city’s past with interactive features such as touch-screens and multimedia stations.
“The winning project uses the potential of the extensive Museum of Municipal Engineering in a very good way, dedicating a separate space to each of the engineering fields, creating thematic worlds, which I hope will draw in and fascinate visitors,” said architect Piotr Lewicki, the head of the competition jury.
The exhibition is expected to open in 2021, after the renovation of the museum is completed.