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TVP Polish Public TV Headquarters in Warsaw

Polish Public TV Co. Ltd.
Date of realization
22 110 m2 of office space 1st Prize in the Polish Architects Association (SARP) competition: DiM' 84 House & City and Karczewski-Bernier Atelier Collaborators in the competition project: Grzegorz Tsu, Andrzej Pazdej, Sławomir Kowal, Maciej Błaszczyszyn
Project and realization:
Czesław Bielecki, Maria Twardowska
Marek Wiśniewski, Grzegorz Winczewski, Anna Ryszka-Zalewska, Barbara Pietrasik, Joanna Gromadowska

This project was awarded the 1stprize in the SARP competition for the best transformation of the existing TVP S.A. headquarters.

The form of the building symbolizes the new open character of this institution that previously was so heavily ideologically burdened in Communist Poland. The building's structure with its vast, glass umbrella spaces creates an atmosphere of being freely accessible to all.

The Babel Tower dominating the rest of the complex is a legible sign of contemporary "multilingual" media reality. The architectural space is expressed in 2 languages - classical and modern.
Subsequent inspirations used in the project are: the motif of the Ark (multifunctional halls, studios and utility rooms), Japanese decorative patterns, (the stone pavement in front of the building, the Roman Fontanna di Trevi (the sculpture of the globe emerging from the rocks) and a statue of Wiktor - Academy of Television's annual prize (sculpture in front of the building).

A synopsis of the project prepared by the Association of Polish Architects (SARP) can be found here. The photo captions and short synopsis found on the last page are in English.


By creating new buildings we change the environment. We mould physical elements and create new "empty urban spaces." The television tower in Warsaw, the creation of Bielecki, is an example of this. The placement and expression of the glass globe/dome, which expresses varying morphologies gives this building character. Bielecki's architectural design plays with forms, symbols, light and shadow in order to search for the connection between the imagined and existing work environment that takes place within the building. This is a way of affirming the symbolism of this institution, as well a means of strengthening its presence, and highlighting its location.

UGO BRUNONI, architect


This incredible building stands among the numerous drab physical structures from the past era. The general impression is such that these two realities do not fit together and that this new building should not be there. But, thank goodness it is! Its dynamic architecture awakens everything around it. The architects great courage, creativity, and especially their unawareness of their past artistic accomplishments, makes me think of Gavin Bryer's song: "Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet." In both situations true art is created without effort, as if by chance, and thus bringing about an artist's desired dream.



The new Polish Television building in Warsaw confronts the surrounding banal office buildings in such a way as to generate an awakening call. I envy the journalists and technicians  that will go to work and walk through this amazing courtyard and large, friendly hallway, which creates the most exciting space in Poland. I hope, that this building will raise people's spirits and that this in turn will influence Polish television.

JOSEPH RYKWERT, art historian