Competition for the design concept of MSWW 1939 decided

Competition for the design concept of MSWW 1939 decided

On October 31st, a press conference was held at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, where the results of the ‘Two-Stage Implementation of the Architectural and Urban Design Competition for the Development of the Design Concept of the Westerplatte and the War of 1939 Museum – Branch of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk on Westerplatte’ were announced.


The conference was attended by the director of the Museum of the Second World War, Dr. Grzegorz Berendt, the Secretary of State, General Conservator of Monuments Dr. Jarosław Sellin, and the chairperson of the competition jury, Prof. Dr. Eng. Arch. Lucyna Nyka. The winning work was produced as a result of a collaborative effort between:

Muro Architekci sp. z o.o.
ul. Nawrot 9/11 lok. 7, 90-014 Łódź
Krystyna Lachman-Pabich
Lachman Pabich Architekci

ul. Włościańska 12, 91-481 Łódź
Pracownia Architektoniczna „Projektownia”
ul. Nawrot 42 lok. 1U, 90-014 Łódź



Prof. Dr. Eng. Arch. Lucyna Nyka addressed the results first:

The competition jury, consisting of 15 members, distinguished historians, monument conservators, architects, a sculptor artist, and museum experts, deliberated on October 26th-27th, 2023. [...] The competition jury awarded the first prize to work by Muro Architekci from Łódź, the architectural studio Krystyna Lachman-Pabich Architekci, also from Łódź, and the architectural studio ‘Projektownia’, also from Łódź. These are three entities that collaborated in the realization of the winning competition work. [...] According to the competition jury, the work done by the three collaborating studios from Łódź most closely aligns with the criteria outlined in the competition regulations. The ideas for the entire area, as well as individual structures, unquestionably meet the expectations outlined in the competition regulations. A historical and landscape survey conducted for this work provided the basis for the propositions of high-quality solutions. The work also stands out for its high-quality architectural solutions. The shaping of the entrance to the main Museum building as a slit, symbolically representing an immersion into the past, is particularly noteworthy. This work successfully realizes the concept of disseminating knowledge about the heroic defense of Westerplatte while ensuring the protection, maintenance, and revaluation of the military architecture structures on the site.