Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego, Krakow, Poland

A homage to the dream of flying.

A cultural building on a historic site.

On the former Rakowice-Czyzyny airfield near Krakow, a place steeped in history, a team of architects – Pysall.Ruge Architekten with Bartlomiej Kisielewski – have built one of the world‘s largest aviation museums.

The building looks as if it has been cut and folded like a paper airplane. It has three wings, is cast in concrete but is still light and airy. To achieve the desired colour, and to ensure harmonious integration into the Aviation Park surrounding the museum, the architects opted for Bayferrox® pigments (shade 330/1). Through intelligent ventilation and the intensive use of daylight, a particularly resource-saving energy concept was implemented.

Monumental, but still light and airy: The entrance portal.

A concept that respects the environment. The exhibition connects optically to the outdoor areas and offers a view of the airfield with the planes lined up outside. The planes in the north wing do not give the appearance of being shut in - they look as if they are taking shelter and are ready to take off at any time.

The staircase in the west wing leads on to the offices and meeting rooms and to the restaurant.

With their decision to opt for anthracite coloured concrete with Bayferrox® 330/1, the architects came up with an attractive concept. The exhibits stand out perfectly from the dark background. A total of 3,500 cubic meters of concrete were coloured with 39 metric tons of Bayferrox® 330/1.