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Warsaw Has a Special Atmosphere
September 30, 2011   
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Alberto Texier, a Chilean architect and painter living in Warsaw, chats with Jolanta Wolska.

What brought you to Warsaw?
A Polish diplomat I met in Mexico a few years ago said that I’d like Warsaw and that he’d help me organize an exhibition here. After exhibiting in Paris, Berlin and Prague I decided it was time to come to Warsaw...

What do you like about the Polish capital?
I like being here. I can imagine what it looked like before the war. But today it is great, I like all the cultural events here and its mixture of architectural styles. Warsaw has a special atmosphere.

What are your favorite buildings?
The building in which the Traffic Club bookstore is housed on Bracka Street is fantastic. It has beautiful stained glass windows and art deco elements inside. Also, there are interesting buildings from before the transformation, but they need to be renovated.

Do you like Warsaw’s modern architecture?
Yes, it’s a young vibrant city. I like that the new buildings don’t imitate the old. The Warsaw University library has a real atmosphere.

How does Warsaw compare architecturally with other European capitals?
It’s impossible to compare. There are some Italian influences here; some buildings are really beautiful. Warsaw is one of a kind, especially because it was razed to the ground during the war. It is a young city with old traditions.
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