SistemA, crystallized stoneware by Marazzi for the ventilated façade of the new ICE Congress and Conference Centre in Krakov, Poland
Thursday 13 July 2017
Glass, titanium-zinc sheeting and ceramic tiles feature prominently in a project handled by the Polish firm of Ingarden & Ewý
Over 36,000 square metres of conference space, an auditorium able to seat 2,000 persons, a spacious and multifunctional foyer adaptable to uses such as exhibitions and trade shows... just some of the assets offered by the ICE Congress & Conference Centre in Krakov.
This is a modern building that meets all of the practical criteria involved in organizing international congresses, not to mention the highest acoustic and mechanical standards, making it one of the finest conference venues in Europe.
The design of the facility is such that it can host various types of congresses, conferences, concerts, stage shows, exhibitions and other prestigious cultural and social events. In addition to its three main spaces — the auditorium, a theatre and a concert hall — the ICE centre offers a complex of conference rooms with movable partition walls, a multifunctional exhibition room and a foyer built on three levels with panoramic windows looking out onto Wawel Castle.
Notable for its soft and rounded contours, the building overlooks the River Vistola and blends perfectly with the surrounding avenues, where the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology is also located.
The predominant materials used for the ventilated façade are glass, titanium-zinc sheeting, and Marazzi porcelain stoneware tiles. Ingarden & Ewý, the architects entrusted with the project, decided on the crystallized stonewarecollection SistemA, a product with notable engineering properties, combining high visual impact and superior performance, for the design of the ventilated façade. The colours selected — Nero, Rosso, Grigio — and the custom sizes, were alternated one with another to create an intriguing geometrical interplay.