Overhaul of Central Railway Station in Warsaw

The main premise of the project was to restore the architectural design of the building to the original appearance from the early 1970s as far as possible. The visible change was to introduce a balanced contrast between the old, only partially modernised surroundings and the new items made of modern materials. With the limited budget in mind, we strived to improve the aesthetics and optimally use the décor components that were preserved in a better condition. All major components that were suited for adaptation were maintained and underwent restoration (in particular: flooring, stone cladding and concrete plaster containing washed gravel as well as the hall roof and glazed façades). Improving the standard and aesthetics of the ceilings and lighting was the most important part for the interior quality.Light ceilings and brighter lighting gave the interior the feeling of spaciousness and cleanliness.

Advertisings and extensions accumulated over the years were removed from the main hall as they affected the original shape of the space and brought the feeling of tightness and chaos. New booths were added to the main hall as well as equipment, information carriers and new partitions for commercial spaces in the passageways. One of the most important goals of the overhaul was to improve station’s accessibility to the disabled people. To that end, the main hall was fitted with three elevators connecting it with the +1 level and the elevators connecting the hall with the commercial passageways and platforms were restored. This project started a vivid discussion on the issue of restoring valuable examples of the modernism from the 60s and 70s, increasing attention of the media and culture animators with this issue. For commercial purposes, the main hall of the station was rearranged in 2016-2017.



Grzegorz Niwiński
Jerzy Porębski

Barabara Dobrzyńska
Wojciech Piwowarczyk
Maciej Siczek
Maciej Walczyna
Maciej Wilczek
Karol Langie



European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award
nominacja, 2013