Świętokrzyski Shtetl – Revitalisation of the synagogue in Chmielnik


5 tons


of special optiwhite float glass was used to build Chmielnik’s bima. All the joints were made utilising invisible-to-the-eye adhesives and Plexiglas substructure, the whole was cured with ultraviolet radiation

The key creative premise of the Swietokrzyski Shtetl Museum is the reproduction of the multifaceted cultural and social life, where the architectural context will become the central space for the activities of Chmielnik’s residents. The project is inscribed in the context of two masses: the symbol of light (a modern exhibition that brings back the times of the pre-war shtetl), and the symbol of shadow (an outdoor monument referencing to the remembrance of the Shoah). The refurbished synagogue from 17th century will give room to a theatre, a prayer room with the characteristic glass bima, and a conference room. The minimalist nature of the exhibition will perfectly harmonize with the story of the former Jewish town, such a synthetic form determinant of the present together with the history of the shtetl. That is why, it gains a new harmonious dimension.