Academy of Fine Arts celebrates cornerstone laying

On Friday, the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice laid a cornerstone for its new seat. Officials held the ceremony at the construction site located in the junction of Raciborska and Koszarowa streets.

The new building is being erected in the area of former military properties. Dombud was chosen as a prime contractor of the undertaking. The company currently removes soil for excavation and laid already the first slabs of a concrete foundation.

“The works were commenced on 12th of March. We have been waiting so long for this day as the Academy’s extension is not a new idea” – Antoni Cygan, rector of the Academy of Fine Arts, said during the ceremony. “We are very glad that the project is underway after a few years of strong efforts to develop the Academy and after a few visits of the minister of culture and national heritage” – commented Piotr Uszok, Katowice mayor.

The new new scientific, research and cultural building will consist of three facilities forming an internal yard. The complex will cover a usable area of 12 440 sq. meters. The construction work will take 20 months and costs PLN 39,3 million. A total value of the project amounts to approximately PLN 50 million.

An open space for design, modeling lab, film studio, sculpture workroom, mineral and organic resources workroom, lecture rooms and offices will be delivered for the Academy purposes. The public part of the seat will house a library and reading room, exhibition hall, projection room and a bar. A detailed architectural design of the complex was prepared by An Archi Group from Gliwice, Poland.

The Academy of Fine Arts conducts the project in co-operation with the University of Economics in Katowice. The project is co-financed within the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesian Voivodeship (PLN 42,45 million). The funds were also granted by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (PLN 4,1 million), designated subsidy from the national budget (PLN 2,64 million), the City of Katowice (PLN 633 000) and the University of Economics (PLN 130 000).