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Rotating Walls and Concrete Dreams: Unveiling the Plato Contemporary Art Gallery

Plato Contemporary Art Gallery, Ostrava, CZ / KWK Promes

Juliusz Sokołowski, Jakub Certowicz

Architecture studio KWK Promes has transformed an old slaughterhouse in the Czech Republic into the stunning Plato Contemporary Art Gallery. The original building, which dates back to the 19th century, had fallen into disrepair over the years. However, KWK Promes took on the challenge of converting it into a modern art space.

Plato Contemporary Art Gallery, Ostrava, CZ / KWK Promes

To breathe new life into the structure, the studio added an extension and filled the space with concrete. These additions not only contrast with the existing brickwork but also pay homage to its original design. One of the most striking features of the gallery is the six large rotating walls. Three of these walls serve as entrances to the gallery, while the other three can be opened to connect the exhibition spaces with the surrounding area.

Plato Contemporary Art Gallery, Ostrava, CZ / KWK Promes

Inside the gallery, visitors are greeted by a central reception area, ticket office, and cafe. The four exhibition halls are located on the ground floor, allowing them to benefit from natural light and a connection to the park outside. Additionally, a newly constructed wing at the southern end of the building houses an additional exhibition hall and offices.

Plato Contemporary Art Gallery, Ostrava, CZ / KWK Promes

The exterior of this wing is finished with a blind concrete facade, adorned with impressions of windows, sills, and lintels. On the first floor, the wing connects to a small group of rooms for visiting guests and an educational space for the gallery’s programs.

Plato Contemporary Art Gallery, Ostrava, CZ / KWK Promes

While the original brickwork is still visible in the circulation areas, the galleries themselves have been insulated and lined with lime plaster. Deep reveals have been created for the small arched windows, adding a touch of elegance to the space.

Plato Contemporary Art Gallery, Ostrava, CZ / KWK Promes

Surrounding the Plato Contemporary Art Gallery is a beautifully landscaped park, complete with trees, flower meadows, and a small pool of water. A gravel terrace connects the gallery to a series of paths, inviting visitors to explore and enjoy the outdoor space.

KWK Promes has truly transformed the old slaughterhouse into a remarkable art gallery, seamlessly blending the old with the new. The rotating walls, the natural light, and the connection to nature all contribute to creating a unique and engaging experience for visitors.