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Cracow Sports Arena on the Drawing Board

Seventeen Polish architectural studios have been invited to submit designs for the Cracovia Soccer Club's 100-Year Anniversary arena in Cracow that will include a sports center for the disabled. The winner of the competition, organized by the Cracow branch of the Association of Polish Architects, will be announced March 21.

The arena will be a multi-function facility for sports events, conferences, exhibitions and concerts. It will include a 44 x 26 m playing field, a workout room, and a multi-function room of 120 sq m. It will also serve as a sports center for the disabled.

The competition jury includes members of the Association of Polish Architects, officials from the Cracow local authorities and from the Cracovia soccer club. The winner will receive zl.80,000 and will be granted the right to develop construction and contracting designs. Entries can be submitted until March 12.

Solidarity Center Design Chosen

Architects from the Fort studio in the coastal city of Gdańsk have won a competition to select a design for the European Solidarity Center. The building will be constructed on the premises of the Gdańsk shipyard. The winners received zl.350,000.

The competition jury decided the Fort studio's design best reflects the spirit of the Solidarity trade union movement that played a key role in bringing about the collapse of communism in Poland in 1989, and said it fits in with the shipyard's industrial landscape and the Old Town area.

The competition was announced last May and attracted 58 submissions from countries including Poland, Denmark, France, Brazil, Germany and the United States. The designs were evaluated by a 12-member panel headed by Wiesław Bielawski, Gdańsk deputy mayor for urban planning.

The European Solidarity Center will hold a museum and will also monitor human rights worldwide and promote democracy, freedom and independence. It will house a permanent exhibition devoted to Solidarity, a trade union archive, a library, offices of non-governmental organizations and a chapel commemorating the late Pope John Paul II. The premises will occupy 1 hectare.

Gdańsk authorities want the first phase of the center to open in August 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the birth of Solidarity in August 1980. Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz said construction works were scheduled to begin later this year. The center will cost zl.260 million to build, according to preliminary estimates. Of that, 25-30 percent will be provided by the city and the rest will come from European Union funds.
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