Vanishing and emerging landmark - architectural research on Hansens' House

project description

Centrala was selected by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw as the architect on the Hansen’s House Survey Project.
Since 1968 house in Szumin designed by Oskar Hansen Family was a perfect place to demonstrate his Open Form theory. The house incarnated its key principles related to opening architecture to the human being and establishing a “perceptive background” in order to emphasize everyday events.

Structural survey and architectural research made by Centrala this autumn was a detailed inspection to report upon the physical condition of all elements on the site and to highlight any work needed to maintain it in good repair. It was a first step to develop the restoration management plan for The Szumin House.

project facts

The task included:
- Survey existing conditions of the site including topography, existing buildings, architectural details, objects, furniture, garden and infrastructure (plan views, profile views - a "transparent" section views, drawings of the details, maps of area, chards of colors, photographical documentation of the existing construction facilities and furnishings)
- Architectural research to identify or verify the location and condition of structures, furniture and landscape solutions designed by Hansens and to recreate the chronology of changes (since 1968) by analyzing hundreds of historical pictures from Hansen Family Archive plus archival materials and by studying the fabric of the house
- Report on damaged components to replace, original materials to provide exact replacements or restoration, historical elements to recreate, built-in furniture and other structures for conservation


House in Szumin, Poland
Project by Oskar Hansen, Zofia Hansen and Igor Hansen (1968-2013)

Hansen’s House Survey Project - 2013:
Area: 2161,93 m2

Małgorzata Kuciewicz
Simone De Iacobis
Francesco Ronconi
Fabio Campana

Polskie Konsorcjum Inwestycyjno Geodezyjne provided Land surveys ( Adrian Hołub Łukasz Krześniak, Łukasz Laskowski

Studio-Ogród provided Plant surveys and analyze of the garden’s condition ( Ewa Mikulska, Olga Dubrowska

Curator: Aleksandra Kędziorek

We would like to thank: Igor Hansen, Karolina Hansen, Hanna Szmalenberg and Luigi Mattirolo

Project Oskar Hansen (1922-2005). Research-Exhibition Project Devoted to Hansen's Oeuvre and Persistence of His Thought in Teaching Architecture and Visual Arts in Poland and Norway is run by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in collaboration with the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Bergen School of Architecture and is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA grants and co-financed by the Polish funds.

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