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Changing the Face in Warsaw

The seventh edition of the international architectural competition Changing the Face will open this May, and this year the competition’s subject will be the revitalization of the Rotunda building, which belongs to PKO Bank Polski, the largest bank in the Central Europe region. For the first time in the history of the competition, the winning design will be built.

The daring ‘Rotunda’ is one of the most recognized buildings in Warsaw. Therefore, the launch of the competition to revitalize it will be preceded by a social campaign called Rotunda 2013.

The campaign began with panel discussions attended by variety of experts who addressed the building’s history, its role in the urban landscape, and its future.

Until May 11, residents of Warsaw will take part in consultations and give their opinion on new, additional functions of the to-be-revitalized building. The results of these consultations will constitute one element of the design brief in Changing the Face 2013, the organizers of which are DuPont, PKO Bank Polski, the Warsaw branch of SARP, the Polish Green Building Council and The Bank will implement the winning design after obtaining the appropriate permits.

“It is great to observe how the competition evolves. We started in Rome in 2008 with a small team workshop of architects. Then Changing the Face expanded and became a global platform for theoretical discussion on local problems in Bucharest, Zagreb, Prague, Athens, Moscow. In a couple of weeks we will launch an international competition and the winner will actually have a chance to create the design in the heart of Warsaw,” said Wodek Sobo, DuPont Strategic Program Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The Rotunda 2013 process is visualized on the attached infographic.

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