Polin is a museum in Warsaw designed by Helsinki based Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, opened in 2013. We came into the project after Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s competition win in 2005.
The museum has a 70 meters long, cavernous entrance hall that cuts through the building. Our role has been to be in charge of the digital design of the museum’s freeform entrance hall walls and roof.
In addition to modelling the wall surfaces, various digital tools were developed for producing geometric data for the needs of analysis and design by structural engineers. Digital tools, created by computer programming, were used and developed at all stages of the design process. These tools were used for organizing the 3d-model, for producing data for structural engineering, to facilitate exchange of data with engineers, and also for creating reference maps according to the specific needs of construction site workers.
After evaluating different methods for constructing the freeform walls, a construction where the walls have a load-bearing tubular steel structure with MDF slabs and a thin layer of gunned concrete on each face, was chosen. Throughout the project the master model for the freeform wall and roof geometries was maintained by us.
Modeling for the needs of structural analysis and for the design of steel and concrete structures
Expansion joints. Modeling and data generation.
Sprayed concrete walls
VR stereo model
Architectural design: Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Finland
Geometry consultant: Markus Wikar, Geometria
Structural engineering: Arbo Project Poland
Sprayed concrete walls: Torkret SP. z. o. o. Poland
General contractor: Polimex-Mostostal Poland
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Lahdelma & Mahlamäki architects
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects