Łaźnia Nowa Theatre Modernization

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Municipality of Kraków
  • Contact person: Director, Bartosz Szydłowski, biuro@laznianowa.pl
  • Year of implementation: 2005
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Poland
  • Region: Małopolska
  • Town: Kraków
  • Size of area: 4500 m2
  • Impact: regional

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • regional: Municipality of Kraków EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned

    • regional: Municipality of Kraków (Department of Culture and National Heritage), Łaźnia Nowa Theatre
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved provision of local cultural and social events.
    2. Improved condition & quality of the public space between the blocks of flats.
    3. Improved attractiveness of the architecture of the socialist buildings.
    4. Improved involvement of the local community in events organized in its quarter.
    5. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).
    III. DESCRIPTION
    1. What forms of cooperation were used as new approaches in the field of rehabilitation and conversion of urban functional areas?
    2. Łaźnia Nowa Theatre in Nowa Huta – the youngest city theatre in Kraków was established on 1 January 2005. Formerly the activity of the theatre was marked by the few years’ history of the Theatrical Association ‘Łaźnia’ in Kraków Kazimierz, where Łaźnia Nowa originated from. The theatre is targeting its offer at mainly Nowa Huta residents and projects are to contribute to the district revitalization. After moving to Nowa Huta the director Bartosz Szydłowski first organized a happening in the Avenue of Roses (2004) and invited residents to it. The theatre supports activities of independent groups and inventive projects, presents the works of Nowa Huta.

    3. Was the building or the space between buildings) identified as a valuable socialist heritage?
    4. The premises of the ‘Łaźnia Nowa’ Theatre are the former school workshops of the Secondary Technical School of Mechanics. During the socialism period it was one of the most popular and important school in Nowa Huta. Its educational offer, among others was a response to the needs of the metallurgical plant. The Łaźnia Nowa Theatre building is located in the middle of Szkolne Housing Estate in the oldest part of the district.

    5. What criteria were applied to make this judgment?
    6. Historical value

    7. Was the building or space between buildings) important to local communities and how were they involved in decision-making process about its rehabilitation or conversion?
    8. Łaźnia Nowa Theatre programme is based on the programme exchange with European partners, co-production, original projects and cooperation with local community. These undertakings combine artistic and social activity – in post-industrial bays performances, festivals and concerts are organized as well as exhibitions, film and multimedia shows, meetings and workshops. Łaźnia Nowa projects are also staged outside the theatre building – in the streets, yards and high-rise housing estates of Nowa Huta.

    9. Were attempts made to improve territorial cohesion within the city/town/district? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    10. (300 - 600 characters)

    11. Were there attempts to reduced disparities between districts within cities/towns achieved reduced? And, if so, how was success on this front gauged?
    12. (300 - 600 characters)

    13. Other important facts and comments, e.g. critical review.
    14. Łaźnia Nowa Theatre Modernisation Project was one of the priority projects for implementation under the Local Revitalization Programme Nowa Huta [2008]

    IV. SUPPLEMENT

    Web site: www.laznianowa.pl