Post-war Warsaw architecture is fascinating. Its creators were given a near-completely destroyed city and, paradoxically, they were given the best chance to try something new, something important. Such was the birth of massive embodiments of socio-realist doctrine, like MDM or the Palace of Culture and Science, but injected with a continuation of pre-War modernism, Corbusier’s ideas on housing estates, shopping pavilions and train stations.
We have only just recently started to discuss and preserve the values of socio-modernist architecture and it is too late to save many of the original iconic buildings of the era. Fortunately, Magdalena Estera Łapińska’s Dream about Warsaw ceramics collection serves to commemorate them.
– Warszawa-Ochota PKP Station, Al. Jerozolimskie 58, designed by Arseniusz Romanowicz and Piotr Szymaniak, 1962
– Warszawa-Powiśle PKP Station, Kruczkowskiego St. 3, designed by Arseniusz Romanowicz and Piotr Szymaniak, 1963
– Iluzjon Cinema (formerly Stolica), Narbutta St. 50a, designed by Mieczysław Piprek, 1953
– Syreni Śpiew, Szara St. 10a, 1970s
– Central Train Station, Al. Jerozolimskie 54, designed by Arseniusz Romanowicz, 1975
– Magdalena Estera Łapińska, Dream about Warsaw, 2009, www.lapinska.com