After a construction period of around two years, a consortium comprising HOCHTIEF Polska, HOCHTIEF Solutions and Warbud (consortium leader) completed the World War II Museum in Gdańsk in March. The facility will open on Thursday this week and is planned to attract up to 400,000 visitors annually.
The World War II Museum is located just a few kilometers from the spot where, on September 1, 1939, the first shots of World War II were fired during the German invasion of Poland. With a total area of 58,000 square meters, the museum has been designed as a multifunctional building. Its main part comprises exhibition and museum rooms. The building also houses a library, lecture halls, conference rooms, a cinema, archives, a storage area of exhibits, administration and hotel rooms as well as an underground car park. At the top level of the building, a restaurant offering panoramic views has been placed.
The museum is divided into three zones symbolizing the past, present and future. The past is literally hidden deep inside the building: the permanent exhibition on the events of the war time area is located at a depth of 14 meters. The unique facility is characterized by a 7-story concrete tower in the shape of a leaning prism with a trapezoid foundation and a height of approximately 40 meters at its highest point. The incline of the tower visually refers to the shipyard cranes and the military history of the city of Gdańsk.
HOCHTIEF Solutions (hochtief-solutions.com) consolidates the core business of the HOCHTIEF Group in Europe and in selected regions worldwide. The company plans, develops, builds, operates and manages real estate and infrastructure facilities. HOCHTIEF Solutions is the management company of the Group’s Europe division. In many regions and segments, the company is a market and innovation leader.
HOCHTIEF Polska (hochtief.pl) is one of the subsidiaries of the HOCHTIEF Group - one of the most global construction groups. The Group operates construction in the transportation, energy and social/urban infrastructure segments as well as in the contract mining, PPP and services businesses. With around 51,000 employees and a sales volume of about EUR 20 billion in FY 2016, HOCHTIEF is represented globally. HOCHTIEF Polska has specialized in the execution of general building and civil infrastructure projects. Its service spectrum mainly includes projects in the office, residential, industrial, public, shopping and entertainment center segments as well as civil engineering works associated with major infrastructure projects, construction works for the waste to energy segment and projects for the commercial power industry. The company and HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions offer participation in the realization of public-private partnership projects in the social infrastructure segment on the Polish market. HOCHTIEF Polska operates throughout Poland via a network of branches and representative offices in Warsaw, Poznań, Kraków and Katowice.