Oświęcim railway station wins architectural award

Oświęcim railway station was awarded in the 10th anniversary competition named after Stanislav Vitkevich in the category of architecture. The competition is organized by the Małopolska Voivodeship in cooperation with the Krakow branch of the Association of Polish Architects and is considered one of the most prestigious in the country, informs Railway Supply magazine citing information from PKP SA.

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The Oświęcim station was reopened after a major renovation in the summer of 2020. It is a part of the Railway Station Investment Program 2016–2023.

“Creativity in the architecture of public space, high functional and aesthetic standards with respect for the history of the place – it was for reason the Oświęcim station received the award,” says a press release from PKP.

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The author of the project of the new station in Oświęcim is an employee of PKP SA, architect Pavel Kosmitsky.

The dominant architectural design of the station is the clock tower, which is illuminated at night. An interesting accent on the facade is the restored mosaic, created in 1964-1965 and moved from the hall of the old station. Its modern interpretation is a flower bed of 2500 plants located in the square in front of the train station, which is also a tribute to the victims of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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The construction of a new station in Oświęcim cost 13.5 million zlotys (almost 3 million euros). The project was financed from PKP SA’s own funds and from the state budget.

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