Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Center in Bialystok

Bialystok, Poland

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok is the largest arts institution in north-eastern Poland and the most modern cultural center in this region of Europe. The building was designed by the atelier of Prof. Dr. Architect Marek Budzyński.

The minimalist architecture connecting to its surrounding has transformed the space, creating conditions that sustain and conceive life, especially that of music, culture and the public.

Thanks to the cooperation started in 2005, at the very beginning of the project, based on the original design of Dr. Budzyński and Krystyna Ilmurzyńska, it became possible to create the glass artwork of Tomasz Urbanowicz.

The two pieces hanging above the Odessa Staircase, created by Tomasz Urbanowicz were inspired by sketches- sheets of music by Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

The musical scores of Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanisław Moniuszko and W. A. Mozart have been pressed into the thick glass creating a relief.

The glass capitals of the columns refer to the characteristic onion-domed roofs of Orthodox churches in the region.

The investor for this piece was the Podlaskie Voivodeship Marshal’s Office.

Virtual tour around the building

In April 2018 the project was featured in the prestigious CODAworx magazine