|UNESCO #1165 - The Centennial Hall, Wrocław - POLAND|
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Centennial Hall, Wrocław - POLAND - UNESCO #1165
Today I've found four cards on my mailbox, all from UNESCO WHS. The first one comes from Poland and it shows a painting of the Centennial Hall and complex in Wroclaw, including the 96m tower called 'Iglica' built 35 years after the Hall and originally covered with mirrors. Thank you very much Ningere, this important landmark of modern architecture is the 327th UNESCO in my collection, only 654 to the end. This postcard took 7 days to arrive.
The Centennial Hall, a landmark in the history of reinforced concrete architecture, was erected in 1911-1913 by the architect Max Berg as a multi-purpose recreational building, situated in the Exhibition Grounds. In form it is a symmetrical quatrefoil with a vast circular central space that can seat some 6,000 persons. The 23m-high dome is topped with a lantern in steel and glass. The Centennial Hall is a pioneering work of modern engineering and architecture, which exhibits an important interchange of influences in the early 20th century, becoming a key reference in the later development of reinforced concrete structures.