paul PREISSNER: the museum’s sculptural volume is designed along conceptual terms of fluidity, velocity and lightness in order to produce a seductive and progressive artifact within the historic context of the city. the building appears like a mystical object floating above the extensive artificial landscape strip, both spanning the trasa lazienkowska right up at the edge of the embankment. this seemingly defying gravity by exposing dramatic undercuts towards the surrounding entrance plazas. the building does not sit as a barrier to the site, but another viewing opportunity to the historic context and surrounding city.
the museum acts to frame and engender cultural communication rather than just present its wares. the exterior spaces are modulated landscape formations creating several imprints or plinths upon which various activities and performances can take place. large stairs at the promenade might function as outside auditorium spaces for summer screening etc. the surrounding landscape is a continuation of the internal landscape connecting museum lobby with its surrounding on several levels. the aim is again an intensification of public and cultural life on the museum plaza and the museum promenade.