The museum of art project is architects’ answer to expectations of investors: local municipalities and institutions, but also curators, artists, future visitors and public opinion. Are the concepts winning at architectural contests capable of fulfilling all the imposed expectations? The attempt to analyse how much the function determines the form of the building. Also, is it the only factor influencing the look of contemporary cultural institutions? An experienced practitioner and an architect in one — Monika Arczyńska — will try to answer which factors influence their shape the most, using examples of modern museums.
Monika Arczyńska has explored relations between consumptionist society and housing in her Ph.D. thesis. Since 2006 she works for Heneghan Peng Architects, designing public use buildings. She gives lectures at Gdansk University of Technology and University of Gdansk. She regularly writes for “Architektura-Murator” magazine and has a blog: SIX LETTER CITY about urbanism and architecture.